The Consultative Help for Individual Learning Decisions (CHILD) Process has been in place as an early intervention and identification system to address potential problems and/or challenges individual students may face that ultimately effect and/or affect their success in school. This process starts as soon as possible for a student who is struggling behaviorally, socially, physically and/or communicatively.
The CHILD Process has three levels/tiers of intervention, documentation, problem-solving and decision making. The last level/tier is a referral process.
Level/Tier 1: The classroom teacher notices a concern and addresses it through effective teaching practices and research-based differentiated instructional strategies during focused core instruction. The teacher monitors student progress and communicates this progress with parents. The process remains at this level/tier if the concern is resolved.
Level/Tier 2: If the student did not make adequate progress on level/tier 1, the classroom teacher consults with the grade level team or departmental team for further strategies, targeted services and interventions to assist the student. Progress is monitored while the student is receiving the researched based interventions. The process remains at this level/tier if the concern is resolved.
Level/Tier 3: If the concern persists, a meeting is scheduled to bring together parents, teachers, counselors and any other professionals who might be of service to discuss the student's needs and to upgrade the plan of action. More intensive interventions would be provided individually or in small groups. Ongoing and frequent communication with parents regarding progress on targeted skills is essential. The process remains at this level/tier if the concern is resolved.
Referral: If the concern remains unresolved, a referral is made for a community agency and/or special education eligibility testing.