Child Find

Anna ISD provides special education services for students with disabilities, ages 3-21 who have a need for specially designed instruction. “Child Find” ensures that children with educational difficulties and/or challenges have access to evaluations and services applicable. Services for children who have auditory or visual impairments may begin at birth. Services for students with other disabilities begin at three years old.

A student must meet Texas Education Agency (TEA) criteria in one or more of the following areas:

Auditory Impairment (AI), Autism (AU), Deaf Blindness (DB), Emotional Disturbance (ED), Intellectual Disabilities (ID), Specific Learning Disability (LD), Non-Categorical Early Childhood (NCEC), Orthopedic Impairment (OI), Other Health Impairment (OHI), Speech Impairment (SI), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Visual Impairment (VI)
Birth - Age 3
Information on services for children birth thru three years of age; please contact:
ECI-LifePath Systems Collin County at 972-562-0331
Ages 3 - 5
Preschool Programs for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is a Special Education service provided for children ages 3-5 who meet specific eligibility criteria and have a need for specially designed instruction. Services are provided to meet the unique and individual needs of a student with a disability. Anna ISD offers a continuum of service options based on the least restrictive environment or the child’s natural environment if he/she did not have a disability.

Service options might include the following:
-Speech and/or Language Services
-Communication Classroom
-Integrated Preschool Classroom
-Structured Preschool Classroom

As a parent/guardian of a child who resides within the Anna ISD boundaries, you have the right to refer to the Preschool Evaluation Team anytime during the school year. There is no cost associated with the screening and/or evaluation.

Play Based Assessment:
The preschool evaluation team uses a play based assessment approach to evaluate preschool aged children in Anna ISD. Play based assessments are completed based on the facts that they are flexible, dynamic and provide a holistic perspective on your child’s individual development, including their strengths and needs. It recognizes the importance of play as a natural context for development, and acknowledges the expertise and contributions of family members as well as of a variety of early childhood professionals. Families are involved in all portions of the assessment, and are treated as partners in the assessment process.

Evaluation Team:
The evaluation team includes a Speech-Language Pathologist, an Educational Representative and a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. The team may also include any of the following individuals: Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Educational Diagnostician, Auditory Impairment Specialist, and Visual Impairment Specialist.

ARD Meeting:
Admission/Review/Dismissal (ARD) meeting will be held within 30 days of the date of the report. An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) will be developed by the IEP team for your child. The IEP team includes: parents/guardians, teachers, evaluator (if applicable) and an administrator/principal.

Preschool Evaluation Process:
• Parents call with a concern for their child and an information packet is sent to the family to complete.
• When the information packet is returned, a screening date is scheduled.
• Screening takes approximately 1 hour
• Preschool evaluation team members review the results with the family
• If screening results do NOT warrant further evaluation, suggestions and strategies will be provided to the family
• If screening results warrant the need for further evaluation; a date will be set for the Full Individual   Evaluation
• If child meets eligibility criteria, preschool evaluation team notifies the Early Childhood Campus and   writes report
• Families receive a copy of the report
• ARD meeting held to review report, and discuss proposed placement, services and goals
• Services will begin

If your child is 3-5 years of age and you are concerned, call 972-924-1016 to have an information packet mailed to you.
5 Years & Older
Information on services for children five years of age thru 21, please contact your campus counselor.