- Consent to Exchange
Publications order form
Family coloring book
A Coloring Book for Children
- PLUK Notes - One page
information handouts on a variety of topics; IEP Meetings, Transition, ADHD,
and Asperger Syndrome.
Steps: A Parent Information Handbook
Infant and Toddler Programs and Preschool Special Education
This booklet provides information for families in Montana
on programs and services for young children.
Parent's Handbook to Special
This guide provides an overview of the special education
process and resources available in Montana.
- Parent Handbooks on Transition
These guides provide answers to questions that parents
frequently ask about the transition process from high school to adulthood.
- Family Guide to Assistive
This Guide is intended to help parents learn more about
assistive technology and how it can help their children. The Guide includes
tips for getting started, funding, and many case studies.
- Montana's Self Sufficiency
The MSST is a mechanism to help families deal with the
dilemma of providing for a loved one's future. MSST was created by state
statute to allow families to fund trusts for the benefit of a child or an
adult with disabilities without jeopardizing that individual's eligibility
for government benefits.
Library Update 2004
Information on new materials, holdings and topics.
Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A Pamphlet for Parents (1.3M pdf) by
Dr Paul Kelker, Deaconess Billings Clinic, 2003. This 28 page handbook
addresses many of the issues surrounding ADHD including: diagnosis,
treatment, medications, myths, alternative therapies and history.
Guide on Tutoring and Academic Achievement (886K pdf) Resource
guide published by the Partnership for Learning.
to Specialty Medical Care for Children With Mental Retardation,
Autism, and Other Special Health Care Needs (130K pdf) Article
from the October 2003 issue of Mental Retardation. Results from a
national survey indicate that over a third of the children with
autism, over a fifth with mental retardation, and over a fifth with
other types of special health care needs had problems obtaining needed
care from specialty doctors in the preceding year.
Success for Children with Learning Disabilities: A Parent
Guide_(1.2Meg pdf) This guide is based on over 20
years of research conducted by the Frostig Center in Pasadena,
California. This research traced the lives of individuals with learning
disabilities in an attempt to identify factors that predicted
successful life outcomes.
Technology Ideas for Writing, Reading, Math, Studying and Organizing
(106k pdf) This contains four pages of ideas on
strategies and modifications and possible low and high tech tools.
- The Care
Notebook (790k pdf) Developed for parents of
children with special health care needs. It will serve as a guide in
organizing and keeping track of your childs records, appointments,
and other important information. Developed by the Center for
Children with Special Needs and the Washington State Department of
Health, Children with Special Health Care Needs Program.
Technology for Children with Learning Difficulties (419k
pdf) This guide is based upon eight years of
research conducted by the Trafford Center on Technology and Learning
Disabilities at the Frostig Center in Pasadena, California.
- What can you do if
your child is being harassed by other children at school? Peer-on-Peer
harassment (name-calling, written statements, or physical abuse) can
be illegal. This four-page handout includes information on the
different types of harassment and what can be done.
- Bullying Prevention
is Crime Prevention Of children in sixth
through tenth grade, more than 3.2 million nearly one in six are
victims of bullying each year, while 3.7 million bully other children.
This guide presents information about what can be done to prevent bullying.
PLUK Videos/DVDs: (Individuals and families in Montana
may borrow these from the TRIC/PLUK Library. Call 800-222-7585. Or they may be
purchased for $20 each.)
- Transitions: Pathways to a
Brighter Future (VHS 22 minutes) This video shows
parents the importance of early planning for the transition of their child
from school to joining the adult community. Features families and children
from around Montana.
- On the Way to Success: Positive
Approaches for Improving Behavior (VHS 30 minutes) Positive
interventions for teaching and improving behavior.
- Chart Your Own Course: a guide
to Transition Planning (VHS 13 minutes) This
covers what should be included in a successful transition plan for students.
See how some Montana high school students are planning for their transition
from high school.
- Goals for Success: Writing IEPs
that Work (VHS 16 minutes) This video gives an
overview of the Individual Education Program, parents rights and how to
design a successful IEP.
- Technology to Enhance Literacy(DVD/VHS 85 minutes) PLUK Lecture Series featuring
Renee Clark, Western Regional Manager of Freedom Scientific, Inc.
demonstrating the features of WYNN and how it can help students with
reading, writing and spelling.
- How to Help Students Who
Struggle with Reading and Writing (DVD/VHS 2 hours) Kathy
Kelker & Roger Holt provide an overview of Learning Disabilities,
diagnosis, interventions and strategies for remediation.
Links to other publication sites:
Training handouts: (PDFs of recent trainings. Click on
Title to download.)
- Parents are from Mars
22, 2005 session on Transition: Opening Doors for Success After High School
23, 2005 session on Transition
- October 26,
2004 conference call on transition
- September 8, 2004 conference call on I've Lost My Mind! Please Let Me
Know if You Find It!, 2:30-3:00 PM
- August 4, 2004: Financial
Protection for Your Child After You're Gone, Nancy Gibson
Comprehensive Assessment System (MontCAS, Phase 2) Criterion-Referenced Test
Inclusion Conference Technology Session Materials, Roger Holt
- PLUK Staff Training:
- Discipline and
Behavior Supports Handout
Montana Specific Publications: (Many of these publications and others are available on the OPI
web site at: http://www.opi.state.mt.us/speced/ )
504: Guidelines for Educators, 1995 (450K pdf) Section
504 requires the educational system to provide the full range of
special accommodations and services necessary for individuals
with disabilities to participate in and benefit from public
school education programs and activities.
Administrative Statutes and Rules for Special Education, 2001
(252k pdf) This guide contains Montanas
statutes and administrative rules for special education. The
guide is intended as a companion reference document to the IDEA
TECHNOLOGY A Special Education Guide to Assistive Technology
(378K pdf) This document contains recommended
practices and procedures that may enhance the services to
children and youth with disabilities.
Treatment Procedures: A Special Educators Guide to the Use of
Aversive Treatment Procedures, 2001 (143k pdf) The
Montana Office of Public Instruction does not advocate the use
of aversive procedures to address behaviors exhibited by
students with disabilities. This guide is intended for special
educators who use aversive treatment procedures as defined in
the special education rules of the state of Montana.
Special Education Process: Child Find, Referral and Evaluation
Plan, 2002 (269k pdf) This manual responds to
questions raised regarding child find; that is, the public
schools obligations to locate, identify, and evaluate
children with disabilities.
with Diabetes A Resource Guide for Schools (2.4M pdf) This
guide provides resources and tools for dealing with children
with diabetes in school.
Child Study Team A Special Educators Guide to the Child Study
Team Process, 2001 (194k pdf) This guide is
intended to help special education teachers with the Child Study
Team (CST) process.
Removals In Special Education: A Guide for Parents and School
District Personnel, 2002 (242k pdf) This
document contains recommended practices and procedures for
disciplinary removal of children and youth with disabilities.
Adapted/Illustrated Version of the Montana Driver's Manual for
Obtaining a License to Drive, 2002 (4.1M pdf) This
publication builds upon the traffic rules, regulations, laws,
and other material contained in the Montana Drivers Manual.
It is organized and presented in a more graphic and easy-to-read
Planning for Families with Minor Children, 2002 (217k pdf) How
to provide for your childrens physical and financial care in
case of you or your spouse's death. Includes special
instructions concerning handicapped and step-children.
School Year Services, 2002 (184k pdf) This
document contains recommended practices and procedures for
Extended School Year Services.
Graduation and Diplomas, 2003 (218k pdf) Section
504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act prohibits discrimination in
the implementation of grading policies, setting of graduation
requirements, and awarding of diplomas.
(240k pdf) Forms for: Individualized Health
Care Plan, Emergency Health Care Plan, Transportation Plan for
Student with Special Health Care Needs, Personnel Training Plan
for Student with Special Health Care Needs, & Daily Log:
Individualized Education Program A Special Educators Guide to
the Individualized Education Plan Process, 2002 (392k pdf) This
guide is intended to help special education teachers with
developing and writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).
Job Hunting Guide for Montanans with Disabilities, 2001 (548k
pdf) The goal of this book is to help
Montanans with disabilities prepare for and represent themselves
when seeking employment and better understand their rights under
the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).
Education Paraprofessionals in Montana Schools: A Resource Guide
For Administrators, Educators, and Paraprofessionals, 2002 (643k
pdf) This guides mission is: To enable
paraprofessionals and personnel with whom they work to perceive
their work with students as essential and valuable, reinforce an
attitude of paraprofessional belongingness in the school
community, and develop a sense of competence in providing the
highest quality of service for students they assist."
Rights in Special Education: Notice of Procedural Safeguards
Under IDEA, 2001 (49k pdf) As the parent of a
child who may receive special education, you have certain rights
that are guaranteed by federal law -- the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These rights are listed in
to Parentally Placed Children with Disabilities In Private
Schools: A Guide for School Districts, Parents, and
Representatives of Private Schools, 2001 (834k pdf) This
guide is intended to help local school districts with the
process of determining and providing services to children with
disabilities who have been voluntarily placed by their parents
in private schools. This guide is also intended to provide
information to parents and representatives of private schools
regarding the process.
of Montana Schools 2003-2004 (1.7M pdf) This
directory contains information on every school in the state and
the Office of Public Instruction.
Education Report to the Board of Public Education July 6, 2000
(209k pdf) This report presents data on the
number of students served, funding, and expenditures. It also
includes a narrative discussion to the data and on major
achievements, issues and goals for the 2000-2001 school year.
State Plan under Part B of IDEA-Revised 6/01 (744k pdf) Montana's
plan to ensure that all children with disabilities have
available to them a free appropriate public education that
emphasizes special education and related services designed to
meet their unique needs and prepare them for employment and
Parents: A Guide to the Surrogate Parent Process, 2003 (348k pdf)IDEA requires that, in certain circumstances, a
surrogate parent be appointed for a child with a disability.
When a school district or institution determines that a child is
in need of a surrogate parent, Montana law requires that the
school district nominate a surrogate parent for appointment by
the Montana Youth Court. This guide provides guidelines for the
nomination and appointment of a surrogate parent.
Publications with National Scope:
Family Handbook on Future Planning, 2003 (893k pdf) This
guide, published by The Arc, helps families develop a future
plan for their sons or daughters with cognitive, intellectual or
developmental disabilities that provides personal, financial and
legal protections for these individuals after the parents either
die or can no longer provide care or support
and Treating ADHD: a Resource for School and Home, 2003 (421k
pdf) This guide, published by the U.S.
Department of Education, covers the legal requirements for
identifying for educational services of children with ADHD,
interventions, and home and school tips.
Policies on Including Students with Disabilities in Assessment
Programs, 2001 (43k pdf) This document is
intended to present a more family-friendly version of the
information on the provisions of IDEA 97 related to students
with disabilities and State and district-wide assessments.
Blind and Visually Impaired Students, 2000 (241k pdf) This
notice provides important background information to educators in
meeting their obligations to ensure that blind and visually
impaired students receive appropriate educational services in
the least restrictive environment appropriate to their unique
Guide to Disability Rights Laws (508k pdf) This
guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that
ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.
Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers Guide to Child
Care and Early Childhood Education Programs, 2002 (3.9M pdf)This guide tells you about different types of
child care and early childhood education programs. It tells you
how to look for them and for before-or after-school programs for
your older grandchildren. It also describes how you may get help
paying for this care.
Grandparents and Other Relative Caregivers Guide to
Raising Children with Disabilities (5.3M pdf) Federal,
state, and local programs are available to help you raise
children who have disabilities. This guide describes programs
for children with disabilities that can help you in different
with Disabilities Placed by Their Parents in Private Schools,
2003 (1.6M pdf) This toolkit is designed to
help key stake-holders private school personnel, public
school personnel, parents, policymakers, students, and other
interested citizens understand the provisions in IDEA that
pertain to children with disabilities who are placed by their
parents in private schools.
of Transportation in IDEA-Part B Regulations (606k pdf) Related
services means transportation and such developmental,
corrective, and other supportive services as are required to
assist a child with a disability to benefit from special
for Children with Disabilities (124k pdf) An
overview of the federal regulations regarding discipline of
children with disabilities under IDEA 97.
97 Final Regulations: Major Issues (169k pdf)
- The final regulations accompanying the Individuals with
Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) amendments of 1997 appear in
the March 12 th Federal Register. Here are some of the major
issues addressed in this package of regulations:
Annual Report to Congress on the Implementation of the
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, 2002 (4.8M pdf)This 750 page report covers all aspects of
special education in the USA.
Advocates Guide (2.4M pdf) Produced by the
National Center on Learning Disabilities, this guide provides
guidance to those who would like to increase awareness and
ensure that all children have the opportunity to achieve their
and Answers on Mediation (227k pdf) What is
Mediation? and answers to 30 other questions.
Child Left Behind: A Parents Guide, 2003 (198k pdf) The
No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 is a landmark in education
reform designed to improve student achievement and change the
culture of Americas schools. What No Child Left Behind Does
for Parents and Children.
Child Left Behind: A Toolkit for Teachers, 2003 (408k pdf) This
teacher toolkit is designed to provide you with valuable
information about the No Child Left Behind Act and how it
supports teachers. It includes an overview of the laws highly
qualified teacher provisions as well as useful information
about other aspects of the law.
Guide to the Individualized Education Program, 2000 (549k pdf)This guide is designed to help teachers, parents,
and others develop and carry out an IEP. The information in this
guide is based on what is required by our nations special
education law - the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,
Intensity Scale, 2003 (589k pdf) The Supports
Intensity Scale (SIS) is a unique, scientific assessment tool
specifically designed to measure the level of practical supports
required by people with intellectual disabilities (i.e., mental
retardation) to lead normal, independent, and quality lives in