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Child Find




The Trousdale County Schools Child Find program provides information, screening, evaluation, and intervention for children and young adults, ages 3 through 21, who have exceptional educational needs.

The purpose of Child Find is to locate and evaluate children who are suspected of having a disability that significantly affects educational progress.  If it is determined through evaluation that the student meets disability standards and needs additional support in order to make progress in the general education curriculum, special education and/or related services may be recommended.  Special education could consist of direct or indirect service depending on the child's needs. Related services include, but are not limited to, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, and/or physical therapy.

The TN Department of Education recognizes the following disability conditions:

Developmental Delay
Functional Delay
Hearing Impairment
Intellectual Disability
Intellectually Gifted
Multiple Disabilities
Orthopedic/Physical Impairment
Other: Health Impairment
Specific Learning Disability
Speech/Language Impairment
Traumatic Brain Injury
Visual Impairment


As of July 1, 2017, the TN Department of Education has revised disability standards. The standards and their definitions can be found on the Department's website at

If you suspect that a child you know between the ages of 3 and 21 may have a disability and is not receiving special education services, please contact Melissa Loerch, Supervisor of Special Education at (615) 374-2193.


Children from birth up to age 3 who are suspected of having a disability should be referred to Tennessee's Early Intervention Services (TEIS).  Trousdale County's service coordinator is Diane Brewington. She can be reached at (931) 528-1623.  You can also find more information on the TEIS website,