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March 2014

March is a month that offers optimism. The Winter starts to thaw, students are making progress and the count down to the end of the year starts to look "do-able". However, March is also our snowiest month, testing season and the longest we have gone without a day off! Keep your optimism by trying to find the positive in each situation. Most of the time it's not obvious and sometimes we have to look hard. With a little work, I know you can find it!


This Month Look for our Quick Links Section and topics such as Transition, New OHD Forms, an Organization Tool and

Quick Links

MDE posts NEW OHD Forms!

MDE has updated several forms related to OHD! You can find this on the MDE website on the OHD page. Follow this link:
http://education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/SpecEdClass/DisabCateg/OtherHealthDisab/


The following is a summary of items you will find on MDE’s page for Other Health Disabilities.

· Other Health Disabilities Health Conditions Information Sheets
Each information sheet includes specific symptoms, educational implications and resources for the health condition. This is not an exhaustive list of health conditions. A diagnosis does not, by itself, guarantee eligibility for the Other Health Disabilities categorical area. Refer to Minnesota Rules 3525.1335 for the eligibility requirements.

· Parent/Guardian Interview (NEW, November 2013)
Non-fillable checklist provided as an example only. For local use in conjunction with the Other Health Disabilities Manual (see Appendix 3).

· Sources for Evaluation Data (NEW, November 2013)
Non-fillable checklist provided as an example only. For local use in conjunction with the Other Health Disabilities Manual (see Appendix 3).

· Health Condition Documentation Form (NEW, November 2013)
Non-fillable checklist provided as an example only. For local use in conjunction with the Other Health Disabilities Manual (see Appendix 3).

· Developmental Skills Checklist: Infant and Toddler (NEW, November 2013)
Non-fillable checklist provided as an example only. For local use in conjunction with the Other Health Disabilities Manual (see Appendix 3).

· Other Health Disabilities Manual (NEW, August 2013)
Information about Other Health Disabilities for Minnesota teachers, school psychologists and nurses.

· Q&A: Other Health Disabilities Criteria and Attention Deficit Disorder or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Transition Is For All Ages

Although Transition is not required until grade 9, the skills necessary to transition to adulthood and workforce are not just developed in the last 4 years of school. Many self-help and independent skills can be supported and grown as early as Kindergarten that will later help the student become a functional adult. Learn more through accessing the Region 5 & 7 DCD newletter and see the fabulous functional skill checklists that they provided.


http://www.bentonstearns.k12.mn.us/files/DCD%20Messages%20Vol%2014%20Issue05.pdf

Using Technology to Teach Organization

We are seeing the last days of paper calendars, assignment notebooks and binder systems. Why?

  1. So much of our information is digital
  2. Our students are comfortable using technology
  3. So many of our students have access to great technology.


Why not use the technology to teach the skills that we want to see? Apps like Evernote, EpicWin, ical and myhomework assist using devices that our students carry with them everyday. Click on the link below to see a list of the Top 5 Organization Apps for Kids as rated by Learning Works :http://learningworksforkids.com/2013/09/top-5-organization-apps-for-kids/

Got one you like to use? Email me the App name and description and I will compile and share out to all of you!


See the Moodle for a Task Analysis and Prompt Hierarchy data collection tool that you can modify to help collect data on your student's independent use of these tools.