The Auburn School District offers free screening activities for all children ages from birth to 21 who are residents of the Auburn School District, or who are living in a temporary situation in Auburn, and who have a suspected disability. Children are identified through screening activities in their neighborhood schools and through free screening clinics for preschool children. The purpose of the screening is to identify children who may have a disability that may qualify them for special services. Difficulties that may interfere with learning, if identified early, can be brought to the attention of specialists who can begin working with the child. The screening also assists the Auburn School District in planning programs and services for children with special needs. Locating children who may need special help is one way in which the school district is responsive to the educational needs of children in the community and can then develop appropriate programs.
Questions to consider:
- Does your child have a medical disorder or birth defect that interferes with their development?
- Does the child seem to have hearing or vision issues?
- Does your child have difficulty communicating with people outside the family?
- Does your child have difficulty keeping up with other children their age?
- Does your child have issues learning when they are experiencing social-emotional difficulties?
What happens during a Child Find Screening?
The purpose of a Child Find Screening is to identify issues that may affect your child's learning, growth, and development and to help parents identify their child's strengths and weaknesses.
During the screening, your child may stack small blocks, cut with scissors, draw, count, name colors, jump, and have fun!
After screening, our team will talk to you about the results. You will have a chance to ask any questions about your child's development. The whole process takes about an hour and a half.
What developmental indicators are screened?
- Speech and Language
- Motor Skills
- Cognitive Abilities
- Adaptive Skills
Child Find will be scheduled on a continuous basis. Please call our office at (253) 931-4927 to begin the process.
For further information, or to make a screening appointment for children, please contact the following:
- Birth to under three years of age, contact King County Within Reach Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588.
- Three to five years of age, contact the Student Special Services office at (253) 931-4927.
- School-age children, please contact the counselor at your neighborhood school.
If your family is living in a temporary situation in the Auburn School District, use the contact information above to set up a screening.