CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts

CCSD Announces Annual Child Find Efforts

What is Child Find?

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services. The Cherokee County School District serves children from 3 years through 21 years of age.

How can children be referred?
The referral process must be initiated by the parent. Please direct the parents of children suspected of having a disability to CCSD (770) 479-1784.

When should a child be referred to Child Find?
A child should be referred when:
• A health or medical disorder interferes with development and or learning
• A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
• A child appears to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
• A child has a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will eventually impair or impede the child’s ability to learn
• A child seems to have difficulty understanding directions like others that are his/her age
• A child’s speech is not understandable to family or friends
• A child has difficulty with reading, math, or other school subjects

What is Special Education and who is eligible for services?
Special Education is instruction designed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of individual students with disabilities from ages three through twenty-one. A child must be evaluated and identified as having a disability to be eligible for Special Education and/or related services. Disability categories are: speech/language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and other health impairments.

Where can I find out more about Child Find?
Call CCSD at (770) 704-4315 for additional information.


CCSD Celebrates School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – serve CCSD’s students who have difficulties with communication.

The Cherokee County School District is celebrating its School-Based Speech-Language Pathologists as part of the statewide appreciation week for these professionals.

Sixty-five speech-language pathologists – or SLPs, as they also are known – are highly trained professionals responsible for evaluating and treating CCSD students who have difficulty with communication.

Students who struggle with language also may struggle with understanding instruction, expressing what they know, or with making friends… but the work of speech-language pathologists assists them in overcoming these challenges.

“I know the positive difference these professionals make in the lives of children. I appreciate them, and hope you will join me in thanking them for their service,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower said. “From teaching a child to say her first words to teaching a significantly impaired child to ask for help using a communication device, their contributions to the lives of students with these special needs are tremendous and long-lasting.”


‘Parent University’ Classes Offered for Families with Special Needs Students

Category : CCSD

The Office of Special Education is offering several trainings this year that are designed to assist parents in understanding and working with their children with disabilities in the home.  Please review our trainings for the 2016-17 school year at this link.    You can register online for each class you wish to take.  Child care will be provided for select evening training sessions.


CCSD “Child Find” Program Determines Special Education Eligibility

Category : CCSD

The purpose of Child Find is to identify, locate, and evaluate children and youth, who are suspected of having or have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay, in order to provide free appropriate Special Education services.

The Cherokee County School District serves children from three years through 21 years of age. How can children be referred? The referral process must be initiated by the parent. Please direct the parents of children suspected of having a disability to CCSD at (770) 479-1784.

When should a child be referred to Child Find? A child should be referred when:

  • A health or medical disorder interferes with development and or learning
  • A child seems to have difficulty seeing or hearing
  • A child appears to have social, emotional or behavioral difficulties that affect his/her ability to learn
  • A child has a diagnosed progressive or degenerative condition that will eventually impair or impede the child’s ability to learn
  • A child seems to have difficulty understanding directions like others that are his/her age
  • A child’s speech is not understandable to family or friends
  • A child has difficulty with reading, math, or other school subjects

What is Special Education and who is eligible for services? Special Education is instruction designed to meet the unique learning strengths and needs of individual students with disabilities from ages 3 through 21. A child must be evaluated and identified as having a disability to be eligible for Special Education and/or related services. Disability categories are: speech/language impairment, specific learning disability, traumatic brain injury, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, visual impairment, hearing impairment, orthopedic impairments, autism spectrum disorders, and other health impairments.

Where can I find out more about Child Find? Call CCSD at (770) 704-4315 for additional information.

Please feel free to distribute this CCSD Child Find flyer (PDF).