North Kitsap School District's Childfind program is designed to identify and provide services for children with developmental disabilities in the district. The program serves children from birth to age 21 and includes screening and evaluation services that are free for families.
During the screening process, trained professionals use a variety of tools and assessments to evaluate a child's skills and abilities in areas such as growth, large muscle development, eye-hand coordination, communication, concepts, personal-social skills, and self-help skills. The screening is designed to be fun and engaging for the child, and following the screening, the professionals discuss the results with the parents and provide recommendations for next steps.
If the screening indicates that a child may have a developmental delay or disability, the Childfind program can refer the child for a more comprehensive evaluation by professionals who specialize in diagnosing developmental disabilities. The evaluation process is more in-depth than the screening and may take several hours or even days to complete.
Once a child has been identified with a developmental delay or disability, the Childfind program works to connect the child and their family with the services and support they need to succeed. This includes special education services like speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, and specialized instruction.
The North Kitsap School District's Childfind program is committed to ensuring that every child in the district has access to the support they need to reach their full potential. If you are concerned about your child's development, contact the North Kitsap School District to learn more about the Childfind program and how it can help your family.