If a parent, health care provider, childcare provider or agency personnel are concerned with the development of a child, they may refer their concerns to a Child Find Specialist at the Florida Diagnostic Resources and Learning System (FDLRS). Contact your local FDLRS Associate Center. Once at the site, you may search by district to find the contact information for a local Child Find Specialist. Once a referral is received, a Child Find Specialist will review any information they have about the child and then contact the family to schedule a screening appointment. During the screening appointment, the Child Find Specialist will conduct developmental, speech, language, vision, and hearing assessments. These results will be shared with the family. If the results indicate that there is no need for further testing, the Child Find Specialist will assist the family with some techniques and strategies that may help alleviate the initial concern(s). If there are any concerns noted, the parent(s) can choose to have their child referred to their local school district for further testing. Further testing helps determine if their child is eligible to receive free services through the local school system. Typical services may include speech and language therapy sessions or placement in a developmental preschool classroom within your local school district. The school district will hold a team meeting to discuss assessment results and a plan for your child.
This chart shows at what age the majority of boys and girls can articulate English consonants correctly. Vowels are correctly produced by the age of three. All children do not develop at the same time and in the same way.
*This information depicts a general range of development and should only be used as a guide*
FDLRS/Child Find: 1-800-358-8525
Children should be referred for screenings if they are not currently enrolled in a school program and are suspected of having delays which may effect learning. The primary focus is on preschool-aged children.
Do the screenings cost anything?
No. All screening services are offered free of charge.
What do you do at screenings?
Consultants observe and administer a quick assessment in the areas of speech, language, hearing, vision, and development. Information is also obtained from the parent at the time of the screening.
Where do the screenings take place?
Screenings are held in various locations throughout the FDLRS service area. These may include private preschools, childcare centers, school-based sites, and the FDLRS Child Find offices.
What happens after my child has been screened?
Based on screening results, some children may be scheduled for more in-depth evaluations to assist in determining eligibility for special education services.
Will my child receive free childcare?
No, we do not provide childcare. Some children may qualify for educational services based on identified disabilities. A range of services is provided depending on the child's need.