All children can learn. Some may need extra help.
How do I know if my child needs extra help?
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ALL children grow and develop at different rates. Click here to see a chart of standard developmental skills. A problem in one or two of the skill areas described may not be serious, but it is important to be certain. The sooner the delay in development is discovered, the sooner help can be offered. Screening is the first step in identifying children who may need special services.
||Are you concerned about your child exhibiting any of the following characteristics?|
- Slow development
- Difficulty with seeing or hearing
- Difficulty with moving
- Long-term health problems
- Difficulty with speaking
- Difficulty with getting along with others
Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools will provide free screenings to assess skills in:
- body coordination
- getting along with others
If your son/daughter needs extra help, it is imperative he/she receive the necessary assistance at the earliest possible date. Early intervention yields the most positive outcome.
|Who do I call if I am concerned?
||Birth to 2.5 Years
||2.5 to 5 Years
||5 Years or Older|
|Enrolled in Metro Schools
||Call TEIS at 837-6868
||Report your concerns to your child’s principal. The principal will tell you what to do next.
||Report your concerns to your child’s principal. The principal will tell you what to do next.|
|Not Enrolled in Metro Schools
||Call TEIS at 837-6868
||Call the MNPS Customer Call Center at 259-INFO, and ask for the Department of Exceptional Education, Early Childhood contact
||Contact the principal of your child’s zoned school.|
Your Child Has Procedural Safeguards!
- Schools must ensure that children who are eligible for exceptional education services are identified, located and evaluated.
- Schools must provide a free, appropriate public education (FAPE) to all children ages 3-21 years who are eligible for exceptional education services.
- All students with disabilities who are determined eligible for exceptional education services must have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
- Schools must make every effort to place students in the least restrictive environment (LRE) and provide them a free appropriate public education.
- Schools cannot discriminate against children with disabilities.
0520-1-9-.06 CHILD FIND.
(1) Each local education agency shall develop and implement procedures for creating public awareness of special education programs and services. This includes a comprehensive system of child find activities for all children suspected of having a disability in public and private schools and facilities and who are homeless. Any child find activities shall be comparable for children in private schools and facilities.
(2) A notice must be published or announced in newspapers, other media, or both, with circulation adequate to notify parents of the activities conducted by the local education agency.
(3) Any child suspected of having a disability may be referred to the local education agency. All referrals shall be in writing to the school principal or director of special education. The local education agency shall establish written procedures for accepting, processing and documenting receipt of each referral. The procedures shall be approved by the state department of education.
Authority: T.C.A. §§49-10-101, and 49-10-701. Administrative History: Original rule filed June 19, 2001; effective September 2, 2001. Repeal and new rule filed November 30, 2007; effective February 13, 2008.
Tennessee's Early Intervention System