Sped Speak

October 11, 2013


As Wynne's time with us is drawing to a close, we would like to thank her for her guidance. We are very appreciative of her support while Anjanette has been on maternity leave. We wish her the very best in future endeavors and travels. We will miss her a lot and hope to hear from her often!

The SEAS are getting Smoother!

We are working diligently to review the list of suggested changes and modifications to our IEP in SEAS. These revisions will be submitted to the company very soon. We will share information regarding the timeline and nature of the changes as we learn more. Thank you for your patience as we work through this transition from Netchemia to SEAS!


Please send completed Medicaid forms, for all students whom you case manage, to Alex as soon as possible! Several forms are still missing and these are critical to our sped funding.

Information for Case Managers:

  • Document you have provided "Notification" to parents on the log provided to you on 9/24. Do not send this log to Alex, but do maintain it in your records.
  • On the "Kansas Parent Consent for Release of Information and Medicaid Reimbursement," indicate the "begin date" as the first day of school (e.g. 8/20/2013).
  • Once you complete the top portion of the "Physician Authorization Medicaid Billing" form, send it directly to Alex. Alex then faxes the form to the doctor to receive authorization.

Clarification for Related Service Providers:

  • Please add all students who receive related or other billable services to your caseload in the Meduclaim system, regardless of whether you believe they are currently eligible to receive Medicaid.
  • Any student whose name appears in BOLD in the Meduclaim system needs to have services logged.
  • Double-check your caseload each time you log into the system. Any student who becomes eligible during the school year will need to have service logs retroactively entered to the first service date of the school year.

Special Needs Planning Presentation

Please encourage your families to attend the Special Needs Planning Presentation on November 5th at 6:30 in the Mill Creek Middle School Library.

Scott Adams and the Special Needs Planning Center work with families who have children with special needs to exclusively serve the unique needs of these families. Scott’s firm provides a comprehensive planning service which would assist families in coordinating their legal and financial plans with the intent of preserving government benefits such as Social Security.

This presentation will focus on special needs trusts, Social Security, Medicaid, guardianship and power of attorney. The information presented is not just for those families with middle and high school aged children, all parents of youth with special needs should strongly be encouraged to attend. It’s never too early to start planning for the future. This presentation is also a great way for case managers to learn more about these very important topics.

Please look in your email for a flyer to disseminate to your families in the next few days.

Questions? Belinda O’Dell beodell@usd232.org or x6071

Hope to see you there!

AIMSweb Help Support

It is our hope that you continue to use AIMSweb to set goals for your students throughout the IEP school year. Progress monitoring should occur and data collected on a weekly basis in order to watch the aim line to make the appropriate adjustments along the way. If you locate students who are no longer active in your building, please share this information with your coordinator.

If you have questions regarding AIMSweb, please use your special education colleagues. Another great resource comes from Joy Brown, as she has set up another avenue for AIMSweb questions and support. Many of you are familiar with Today’s Meet, which is a Q & A chat room/forum where questions can be asked and answered in real time. She has set up a room for you to ask and answer one another’s AIMSweb questions. The room will be active until October 19th. Please bookmark the link below and feel free to return often! We hope that you will find this tool useful. It is located at: http://todaysmeet.com/AIMSwebhelp

Mandt Training

Reminder that MANDT training sign up is now through My Learning Plan. It is live and ready for sign-ups. Go to MyLearningPlan.com, log in, choose District Catalog, find the MANDT training you would like to attend and sign in. Easy as that! J

All MANDT trainings are for initial or recertification. They are at AO from 8:30-3:30. The first training is scheduled for October 24th. Melynda and Sara will send a quarterly report to the buildings to update staff on who is currently certified, when certifications expire, etc.

Please contact Melynda or Sara if you have questions.

Thank you.

Say YES!

In the considerations section of the IEP, the question, “Was Assistive Technology Considered?” is always answered “YES.” If a student does not show a need for AT, add to the text box: “AT was considered but is not needed at this time.”

Assistive Technology

This is a good article about using Audio books to build reading skills. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/1c5rmKy.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 17, 2013

First Quarter ends today.

October 18, 2013

No School for Students

AM-Professional Development

Staff and Paraeducators should attend building-designed PD unless notified by coordinators.

PM-Work Time

October 21, 2013

No School for Students

Paraeducators will not report to work today.

AM-District Professional Development

PM-Building Professional Development

October 22, 2013

Second Quarter begins today.

October 25, 2013

Send progress reports home today.