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Moore, Erica R.; Sabousky, Richard; Witzel, Bradley S. – Childhood Education, 2017
When discussing the eligibility determination of students with specific learning disabilities (SLDs), the legal obligation to identify, locate, and evaluate all children in need of specially designed instruction--child find--should also be in the forefront. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to initiate…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Response to Intervention, Eligibility, Public Schools
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Drame, Elizabeth R.; Xu, Yaoying – Childhood Education, 2008
As a prelude to the reauthorization of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 2004, President Bush charged a Commission on Excellence in Special Education with evaluating the current status of special education on the national, state, and local levels. One of the Commission's recommendations concerned the need to implement and…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Early Intervention, Learning Disabilities, Identification
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Tewhey, Karen – Childhood Education, 2006
In this article, the author features the Children's Support Services (CSS) project in Lowell, Massachusetts, which is an interagency, multidisciplinary program that provides young children and their families a range of child development, mental health, and family support services. The CSS project, which was begun in September 2000, addresses the…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Mental Health, Family Programs, Child Development
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Smith, Tom E. C.; Dowdy, Carol A. – Childhood Education, 1998
Discusses issues influencing the placement of young children with disabilities, including individual educational plans, labeling, philosophy-based decisions, the Regular Education Initiative, and full inclusion. Maintains that decisions regarding educational programs with disabilities must be based on individual educational needs, and notes that…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Disability Identification, Early Childhood Education, Educational Philosophy