Child Find Evaluations for Young Children With Social–Emotional Concerns

This session is from the NASP 2022 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 2: Promoting Social and Emotional Development

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with research and legal edicts regarding the initial evaluation process and eligibility determination for young children with possible social emotional delays or disabilities.
  2. learn about a research study conducted with 100 initial evaluation team members.
  3. consider the implications of the study findings for the role of school psychologists in supporting the early identification of young children with social emotional delays or disabilities.


The early identification of significant social–emotional needs is paramount to mitigating later emotional and behavioral challenges. Little is known about how initial evaluation teams assess and determine eligibility for young children who present with social–emotional difficulties. This session will present findings of a state-wide survey on how initial evaluation teams assess and make decisions when children have social–emotional delays or disabilities. Discussion will focus on the implications of study findings for school psychologists.



Rachel Stein, University of Colorado Denver
Elizabeth Steed, University of Colorado Denver


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