Friday, February 3, 2012

For the Locals: FSSD Child Find

I wanted to share this bit of emailed information which is particularly important to families zoned for Franklin Special School District in Williamson County:

"Child Find" event aims to assess and serve preschoolers with special needs

In an effort to identify children who have disabilities and may need special services as a result of their disability, the FSSD is holding its annual "Child Find" event on Friday, February 24, from 9:30-12:00 at the Williamson County Public Library, 1314 Columbia Pike. Child Find is a drop-in event for children zoned for the Franklin Special School District. As part of the program, parents will be offered an opportunity to have their children (ages 2 ½ to 5 years) undergo a free developmental screening.

"The purpose of our Child Find event is to identify children with special needs so we may begin to offer them the services they need prior to entering school for the first time," said Brenda Hughey, FSSD Supervisor of Special Populations. "Sometimes what parents may need for their child includes a complete evaluation, an individualized education program designed specifically for the child, or a referral to other agencies providing special services."Free developmental screenings include hearing, speech and language, motor skills and learning skills. This is not a screening for kindergarten placement, but a public service for early detection of possible delays in development. Parents must stay with their children throughout hte screening process. A Spanish translator will be available.

For more information, please contact Nathan Travis at 472-3849.

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