The Westfield Public School District recognizes the importance of providing services to children with special needs through its Project Child Find efforts.
According to Dr. Michael Weissman, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Services, “We provide evaluation services for resident children 3 to 21 years of age who appear to have problems in communication, motor, social-emotional, or learning areas.”
Screening and evaluation services are available to preschoolers (3-5); to highly mobile students with disabilities, such as migrant and homeless students; and to students who may be disabled even though they are advancing from grade to grade. Children found to be eligible for special education and related services are entitled to a free and appropriate special education program and related services.
If you know of children who appear to have one or more of the following signs, please ask their parents to contact Dr. Michael Weissman at 908-789-4400 x4442, via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax at 908-789-3241. You may also send a letter to the Office of Special Services, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, NJ 07090.
- Significant delays in acquiring language or significant speech problems;
- Significant difficulty walking, running, or manipulating small objects;
- Frequent health problems or birth handicaps;
- Consistent trouble seeing or hearing;
- Tendency toward temper tantrums or excessive anxiety or shyness;
- Significant difficulty playing appropriately with other children;
- Significant problems paying attention and listening; and/or
- Significant learning issues.
All information about such referrals and reports will be kept confidential.