Office of Special Programs

301 Park Avenue
Beckley, WV 25801 

Phone: 304-256-4555
Fax: 304-256-4715

MAY IS NATIONAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING MONTH

MAY IS NATIONAL SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING MONTH

National Speech-Language Pathologist Month is a celebration dedicated to honoring the vital work and dedication of speech-language pathologists worldwide. On this day, we recognize the invaluable contributions these professionals make to improve the lives of individuals with communication disorders. From diagnosing to treating a range of conditions, including speech impediments, language delays, and more, speech-language pathologists play a crucial role in helping people overcome obstacles and achieve their communication goals. Their compassion, expertise, and commitment to enhancing quality of life deserve appreciation and acknowledgment on this special day.

What is Child Find?

Child Find is an activity that seeks to “locate, identify, and evaluate” children and youth, ages 3 through 21 years, who may have developmental delays or exceptionalities and may need special education and related services. In accordance with the local education agency IDEA has obligation to find children who may need special education and related services. Child Find activities, when conducted in the school, may include teacher observations, parent observation, and conferences to discuss your child’s strengths and may be conducted jointly among community partners such as West Virginia Birth to Three, local health departments, and Head Start. These activities may lead to a request for evaluation, a formal process designed to further explore your child’s needs and ways to assist your child. This process requires your consent. This evaluation process may ultimately result in a recommendation for your child to receive special education services.

If you have a concern, you can contact your local school or Raleigh County Office of Special Programs to gather more information about Child Find and the identification process. Parents of children not enrolled in public school may make a referral for evaluation directly to the district special education director.

Extended School Year (ESY) - Summer 2024

ESY Session 1

06/14/24

ESY Staff Report

06/17/24

Students First Day

06/20/24

ESY Closed

06/28/24

Session 1 (Last Day)

ESY Session 2

07/01/24 to 07/05/24

Holiday - ESY Closed

07/08/24

Students First Day

07/19/24

Session 2 (Last Day)