Region 17 SpEd Updates

Child Find, Evaluation & ARD Supports - UPDATED 06-10-21

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7 Steps for Spectacular IEP's


Students with disabilities who qualify for special education services must be provided an Individualized Education Program (IEP) that is specific to the child and the child’s disability, with a focus on how the child’s disability impacts his/her access to and progress in the general education curriculum. This 2-day, IN-PERSON, session will discuss the seven step IEP development process including writing powerful Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP) statements, student-focused annual goals and special education services/specially designed instruction (SDI) that ensure access to and progress in the general education curriculum.

Presenter: Jamie Canales, Amarillo ISD Classroom Specialist

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ADOS-2 Test Kit Training - REGISTER NOW!

REGISTER NOW!! August 3rd, 4th & 5th!!!!

ADOS-2 Test Kit Training (Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule)

The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of social communication and play used with individuals suspected of having Autism. The ADOS-2 can be used to evaluate individuals at different developmental levels and chronological ages, from toddlers to adults, from individuals with no speech to those who are verbally fluent. This workshop will use a lecture format and video demonstrations to introduce the basic principles of administering and scoring the ADOS-2 and provides an essential step toward competence in using the ADOS-2 in everyday practice. Participants will gain a fundamental understanding of Modules 1-4 and/or Toddler Module, in addition to experience observing and scoring assessments. This workshop is designed for special education evaluation staff with prior background in Autism and formal testing such as LSSP's, Diagnostician's, Speech Language Pathologists, and Occupational Therapists.

This 3-day, face-to-face, workshop will provide an overview of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2) to assist with assessing and diagnosing Autism across ages, developmental levels and language skills.

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Llano Estacado Evaluation Roundup

Tuesday, Aug. 24th, 9am to Wednesday, Aug. 25th, 4pm

This is an online event.

Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Quarterly Chronicle #3

The Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network would like to share with you a newsletter - our Quarterly Chronicle - via S’more. Our newsletter contains a highlight of tools and resources available on our website, recorded webinar information, and key information related to child find, evaluation, and/or ARD/IEP elements.

Click HERE to access the Network S’more Quarterly Chronicle 3

Special Education Informed Consent for Evaluations

The Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports network has a NEW online training module available related to the requirements for "Informed Consent" for evaluations. The module will cover the legal requirements and best practice for local education agencies to follow when obtaining informed consent for conducting Full and Individual Initial Evaluations (FIIEs), reevaluations when additional data is necessary, and initiating special education and related services. It covers the required elements of informed consent, the legal requirements for obtaining informed consent for special education evaluation and services, and the benefits of having a clear, dedicated informed consent process.

Access the module, quick guide and handout here:

Child Find, Evaluation and ARD Supports Network - RECORDED Webinar

Reevaluations: From REED to Evaluation

A reevaluation must occur at least once every 3 years, unless the parent and LEA agree that it is unnecessary. A Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) is part of any reevaluation and is a process to identify what, if any, additional data is needed to determine eligibility and/or programming. Participants will examine regulations related to reevaluations, review the process for conducting a REED, and determine best practices of a comprehensive reevaluation.

Click here to view the recorded webinar:

Elizabeth's Transition SMORE

Post-secondary Transition SMORE link:

This SMORE contains up-to-date information related to Transition, Graduation, SPP 13, etc.

Statewide Network websites

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The Network 1 Child Find, Evaluation & ARD Supports website has many helpful resources. They do not currently have anything posted specific to COVID 19 but the resources on this website would be good to have throughout any school year.

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The Network 9 Student-Centered Transition Network website is also a great resource for all things related to post-secondary transition. This website does have resources specific to COVID 19 and transition services. I also sent your district/SSA Transition and Employment Designee (TED) an email today with additional information and updates related to Transition, Graduation requirements, etc. due to the COVID 19 mandates. Contact your TED and have them share that email with you if you would to have those updates.

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The Legal Framework App

Check out the Legal Framework app! Both of these apps are free and available for download. Look for the Legal Framework image to download the app!