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Child Find assists parents and schools in the early identification of children who are at risk of developing special or unique needs and who are not being served in a public school. Child Find's target age group is birth through 21 years, but primary emphasis is placed on children birth to 5 years of age. (Scroll down to the bottom of this page for information on early childhood development and red flags for concerns.)

Child Find also provides information about community programs and professional consultation for parents and providers. Awareness and outreach activities ensure that the public receives ongoing, consistent information about Child Find and how to access services for children with special needs and/or other early intervention services. Information is provided on an individual basis or through community presentations and events.

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Referring a Child

If you have concerns about a child's speaking, understanding, moving or playing, seeing, hearing, getting along with other children, learning or self-help skills, Child Find provides developmental screening FREE OF CHARGE in the areas of communication, motor development, vision, hearing, and preschool readiness skills. Child Find also can assist with evaluation and service planning if needed.

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Contact us at 386-329-3811 to speak with one of our Child Find Specialists or click here to email FDLRS Child Find (Please include contact information in your email.) or you may complete and fax a referral form to 386-329-3835.

  • Kathy Baker (Serving Baker, Bradford, and Putnam Counties)
  • Joanne Gore (Serving Flagler and Union Counties)
  • Vivian Wilson (Serving St. Johns County)
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Early Childhood Development

Cognitive

  • Brain Connection - This website offers a multitude of information on cognitive and brain development, and readers can sign up for a free bi-weekly newsletter about the brain.
  • Cognitive Milestones - a thorough checklist that includes information on memory, means-end, object concept, and pre-academic skills.
  • Stages of Cognitive Development - Based on the work of Jean Piaget, information is presented in an easy to read chart and includes a section devoted to how parents can increase their child's cognitive development through play.

Communication

  • mommyspeechtherapy  - This website provides detailed information on speech development and a screener parents can easily use at home!
  • Signing With Your Baby - This website gives information on the advantages of signing, and provides resources, news, updates, products and videos.
  • Language Milestones - Provides a chart listing language skills from 6 months to 8 years, as well as links to more detailed information about each stage.
  • Improving Your Baby's Communication Skills - Gives parents eight easy ways to improve their infant's language skills.
  • Vocal Development - Provides information about early speech development, examples of speech sounds that children produce before they say words on a regular basis, and easy interventions parents and professionals can use to increase communication skills.

Language

  • Oral Language Development - this article describes oral language development in young children and offers parents and teachers suggestions to foster communication.
  • Language Milestone Chart - this site offers a language milestone chart for children birth to age 6, and includes activities and strategies to encourage language development.
  • Talking Milestones - discusses toddlers' use of language and presents activities for encouraging language development and pre-reading skills.
  • Age-by-Age Insights - Learn how to talk to kids of any age and listen through your children's ears. Discover how much of your conversation kids really understand -- and why they don't seem to pay attention when you want them to.

Motor

  • Preschool Kids Do Better When They Talk To Themselves - According to a recent study, parents shouldn't worry about young children talking to themselves, in fact 5 year olds perform better on motor tasks!
  • Motor Milestones Checklist - provides information on gross and fine motor development for birth to age 6 in a checklist format useful for parents and early childhood professionals.
  • Fine Motor Activities - Activities for increasing fine motor skills are presented and are easily adaptable for an early education setting.
  • Gross Motor Activities - Activities to help children develop fitness and body/spatial awareness are presented along with a chart that focuses on promoting locomotion, manipulation and stabilization.
  • Understanding Motor Development - Written from the child's point of view, this site gives information about fine and gross motor development for 1-3 year olds.

Physical

  • Quick Reference Guide - physical development chart that is broken down in months beginning with birth then in years from 1 to 5 years of age.
  • Encouraging Physical Development of Toddlers - fine and gross motor activities are discussed along with developmental milestones and suggestions for parents.
  • Role of Exercise - stresses the importance of physical development and exercise, provides activity ideas, and discusses the role of the adult.
  • Does Size Really Matter? - Everyone talks about how tall -- or short -- a child is; this article discusses whether size really matters.
  • See How They Grow - discusses how to tell whether your child is growing properly and provides information on how to help your child achieve optimum growth.

Self-Help

Social / Emotional

  • Stages of Social Development - this site describes social development in twelve stages and information is presented in a parent friendly manner. Activities that can be performed at home are included which not only improve social development, but language as well.
  • Emotional Development - describes the social and emotional development for different ages. Each file is easy to read for parents and caregivers about what to expect and when to seek help.
  • Developing Social Competence - this site offers research articles on assessing social competence, developing social competence, and peer relationships and conflicts with children. Also, the home page offers various aspects of parenting.
  • Social Skills Milestones - provides a thorough checklist of the development of social skills from birth to age 6.
  • Promoting Social Emotional Development - Here you will find tips and tools that will help you promote social emotional development in infants and toddlers, as well as a link to Zero to Three's most popular resources.

Early Childhood Information

 

 


Early Education Web Links

 


Resources for Special Needs

Autism

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Language Impairment

  • Language Development in Internationally Adopted Children - this site covers the difficulties in language development for children who are adopted and speak another language. The site offers information on what to do if delays are suspected as well as typical language development and milestones.
  • Concerns for Language Delays - this site offers information for parents who suspect there may be developmental delays with language and other areas
  • Speechville - this site offers information related to language delays, online help, and lists resources for parents and teachers

 

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