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Child Find is a search for all children with disabilities who are not receiving a free, appropriate, public education.  This applies to children between the ages of three and twenty-one years of age, who have not yet graduated from high school.  The Rush Springs Public Schools offers full educational opportunities for all students.

If you suspect your child may have a disability or know of a child with a disability who is not receiving a free, appropriate, public education, please contact me here

Abigail Ballard, MA. CCC-SLP

Special Education Director

(580) 476-3172, ext. 210


We need your opinions! Your response to the parent survey allows state, federal and district stakeholders to understand whether our local program is meeting its expectations for parent engagement.

Every district is expected to provide parents or other caregivers the opportunity to respond to the parent survey at the initial and each annual IEP meeting.

Please answer yours here! It is very quick—taking only five to ten minutes to complete. Your answers will help Oklahoma improve its programs for all students with disabilities.

If you would rather complete the survey over the phone, please call this number between 10:00 am and 6:00 pm: 


SoonerStart is Oklahoma's early intervention program; designed to meet the needs of families with infants or toddlers with developmental delays. Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the program builds upon and provides supports and resources to assist family members to enhance infant's or toddler's learning and development through everyday learning opportunities.

If you have a child under the age of 3 who you believe has a delay, please contact the Grady County Department of Rehabilitation Services. 


2116 Iowa

Chickasha , OK 73018

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The Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) expands opportunities for employment, independent life and economic self-sufficiency by helping Oklahomans with disabilities bridge barriers to success in the workplace, school and at home.

If you have a child with a developmental disability and you are interested in exploring the many services provided by this department, including respite care, access the Developmental Disabilities Services page here.

For the Work Study program flyer, click here.

For a DRS printable application, click here.

Once you fill out the application, you may submit it to either the Grady County DRS or your student’s special education teacher.

School-based speech-language pathologists (SLPs) provide services in elementary and secondary schools by focusing on helping students with a wide range of speech–language-related problems to meet performance standards. Some of these problems include: speech intelligibility, language expression, listening comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, social language, memory, etc. Their work includes prevention, assessment, intervention, and program design efforts that are integrated within a school. Ultimately, the school-based speech-language pathologist’s purpose in addressing communication and related disorders is to effect functional and measurable change(s) in a student’s communication status so that the student may participate as fully as possible in academic and social settings.

Abigail Ballard MA, CCC-SLP

Click here for speech therapy resources!

School-based occupational therapists (OT) and assistants (OTA) are medically trained practitioners who use meaningful therapeutic activities (occupations) to help children and youth participate in what they need in order to perform better in school activities. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance. In schools, occupational therapy practitioners focus on functional ability as related to academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/work skills for older students. Occupational therapy’s expertise includes functional activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation and improve performance. OT’s help the student to “Do School.”

Kelly Gillingham, OTR/L

Karla Dirickson, COTA/L

School-based physical therapists (PT) and assistants (PTA) are part of a team who support a student’s ability to access his/her educational environment. As specialists in movement, they assist a student’s physical participation in a variety of settings throughout the school day. Physical therapy is provided at schools only when it is related to educational needs. Intervention and goals in the school setting address the child’s functional needs in accessing all areas of the school environment. Physical therapy interventions are designed to enable the student to travel throughout the school environment; participate in classroom activities; maintain and change positions in the classroom; as well as manage stairs, restrooms, and the cafeteria safely and with as much independence as possible.

Candace Frantz, DPT