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  1. Collect and review all relevant and current O&M and vision-related evaluations completed for the student. This should include a current O&M evaluation, observation and interview data, FVE/LMA, and ECC evaluation information.
  2. Fill in the name of the student, date of scale completion, and name of the O&M specialist completing the scale at the top of the first page of the scale.
  3. Begin with the O&M Skill Area column. Read each O&M skill area and subsection, if there are any (e.g., PURPOSEFUL MOVEMENT: Motor Skills, Basic Skills, and Cane Skills).
  4. Work from left to right for each O&M Skill Area to fill in a value (0, 1, 4, 7, or 10) for both columns (Direct Instruction from the O&M Specialist and Educational Team Support/Collaboration) to indicate level of student need. You must enter one of these five numbers for each O&M Skill Area on the scale.
  5. At the bottom of each column on each page, add the values and put the column total for that page in the boxes labeled PAGE TOTAL for Direct Column, and PAGE TOTAL for Educational Team Support Column for each page if you are entering scores by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of each page for you.
  6. Add the values for each column from the PAGE TOTAL boxes on each page and enter the number in the boxes labeled Column Subtotalat the bottom of the last page of the scale for both Direct Instruction Column Subtotal (box A) and Educational Team Support Column Subtotal (box F) (see sample below) if you are entering scores by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of each page for you.

SCORING INSTRUCTIONS - DIRECT INSTRUCTION COLUMN

  1. For the Direct Instruction column, determine whether or not Transition is a contributing factor to the student's educational needs to be addressed by the O&M specialist. If the student is making a significant transition, write '+10' in the Contributing Factor: Transition box (box B) under the Direct Instruction Column Subtotal (box A). If transition is not a factor, write '0' in box B (see sample below).


COLUMN SUBTOTALS

Direct Instruction Column Subtotal

Educational Team Support/ Collaborative Consultation

A

 

F

 

Contributing Factor: Transition

B

 

G

 

Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition

C

 

H

 

Contributing Factor: Time-Intensive Instruction

D

 

I

 

Additional Areas of Family Support Total

 

J

 

TOTAL

E

 

K

 

 

  1. Next, determine whether or not Medical Status/Condition is a contributing factor to the student's educational needs to be addressed by the O&M specialist. If the student has medical issues that would increase the student's need for O&M direct service, write '+10' in Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition box (box C). If medical status/condition is not an issue, write '0' in box C. If the student has significant medical issues that would decrease the student's capacity to receive O&M direct service, write

'-10' in box C. (see sample below)

  1. Next, determine whether or not Time-Intensive Instruction is a contributing factor to the student's educational needs to be addressed by the O&M specialist. If the student has time-intensive instructional needs that would increase the student's need for O&M direct service, write '+10' in Contributing Factor: Time-Intensive Instruction (box D). If time intensive instruction is not a factor, put '0' in box D
  2. Add the four values from box A, box B, box C, and box D. Write the score in the 'TOTAL' box (box E) for the Direct Instruction column if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom of the page in the 'TOTAL' box (box E) for you. (see sample below)

SCORING INSTRUCTIONS – EDUCATIONAL TEAM SUPPORT/COLLABORATION COLUMN

  1. For the Educational Team Support column, determine whether or not transition is a contributing factor to the student's needs for team support from the O&M specialist. If the student is making a significant transition requiring team support, write '+10' in the Contributing Factor: Transition factors box (box G) under the Educational Team Support Column Subtotal (box F). If transition is not a factor, write '0' in box G (see sample below).
  2. Next, determine whether or not the student's medical status or condition is a contributing factor to the student's needs for team support from the O&M specialist. If the student has significant medical issues that would increase the educational team support/collaboration needed from the O&M specialist, write '+10' in Contributing Factor: Medical Issues box (box H). If not, write '0' in box H. If the student has any medical issues that would decrease the O&M specialist educational team support/collaboration service need, write '-10' in box H (see sample below).
  3. Next, determine whether or not Time-Intensive Instruction is a contributing factor to the student's needs for team support from the O&M Specialist. If the student has significant time-intensive instructional needs that would increase the educational team support/collaboration needed from the O&M Specialist, write '+10' in Contributing Factor: Time-Intensive Instruction box (box I). If time intensive instruction is not a factor, write '0' in box I (see sample below).
  4. Complete the Additional Areas of Family Support (AAFS) Table that follows the scale total section by adding a value to each of the five listed areas of need for family support. Add the values and get the subtotal for the AAFS Table (box J). Enter the AAFS subtotal in box J at the end of the scale if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically be entered into box J for you (see sample below).
  5. Add the five values from box F, box G, box H, box I, and box J. Write the score in the 'Total' box (box K) for the Educational Team Support/Collaboration column if you are completing the scale by hand on a paper copy. If you are entering scores on the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the numbers entered will automatically add up at the bottom TOTAL box for you (see sample below).
  6. Using the totals found on the O&M VISSIT Scale, refer to the INSTRUCTIONS FOR

DETERMING RANGES FROM SCALE TOTALS that follows the scale.

Instructions for Determining Ranges from Scale Totals

 



COLUMN UBTOTALS

Direct Instruction Column Subtotal

Educational Team Support/ Collaborative Consultation

A

(Example:  161)

F

(Example:  30)

Contributing Factor: Transition

B

(Example:  +10)

G

(Example:  0)

Contributing Factor: Medical Status/Condition

C

(Example:  -10)

H

(Example:  0)

Contributing Factor: Time-Intensive Instruction

D

(Example:  +10)

I

(Example:  10)

Additional Areas of Family Support Total

 

J

(Example:  10)

TOTAL

E

(Example:  171)

K

(Example:  50)

 

After determining the total Direct Instruction need in Total box E, transfer the score in box E to the corresponding value on the range of recommended direct service time for the score on Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Direct Service Time in Column 3 if you are entering the information by hand on a paper copy. If you are using the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the total score from box E will automatically go into Column 3 on the Direct Service Time Scoring Sheet. Choose an exact recommended amount of service time that will best suit your student's needs from the range of suggested service time in Column 2 on the row in which the total score falls and enter that number in minutes per week in Column 4. Write a brief explanation about why you chose this amount of service time below the chart. Include a justification of this recommendation based on the student's need scores from the O&M VISSIT scale. See example below:

RECOMMENDED SCHEDULE OF SERVICE MINUTES for ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SERVICES- DIRECT SERVICE

DIRECT SERVICE TIME

TOTAL (box E) from direct service column

YOUR Recommended AMOUNT OF DIRECT SERVICE TIME

(MINUTES PER WEEK)

Score on rubric

Range of suggested

service time

 

 

210 +

240 or more minutes/wk

 SAMPLE

 SAMPLE

185 - 209

180 - 240 minutes/wk

 SAMPLE

 SAMPLE

167 - 184

120 -180 minutes/wk

 (Example: 171)

 (Example: 120- minute/ week)

Example explanation: Student needs to have at least 2 hours of direct instruction a week because of needed instruction in purposeful movement, concept development, assistive technology, and critical thinking.

After determining the total Educational Team Support need in Total box K, transfer the score in box K to the corresponding value on the range of recommended team support/collaboration service time for the score on Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes - Educational Team Support/Collaboration scoring sheet in Column 3 if you are entering the information by hand on a paper copy. If you are using the electronic pdf version of the O&M VISSIT, the total score from box K will automatically go into Column 3 on the Educational Team Support/Collaboration Time Scoring Sheet. Choose an exact recommended amount of service time that will best suit your student's needs from the range of suggested service time in Column 2 on the row in which the total score falls and enter that number in minutes per week in Column 4. Write a brief explanation about why you chose this amount of service time below the chart. Include a justification of this recommendation based on the student's need scores from the O&M VISSIT See sample below.

Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes for ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SERVICES - Educational Team Support/Collaboration

Educational Team

Support/Collaboration Time

TOTAL (box K) from the educational team support/

collaboration column

YOUR Recommended AMOUNT OF EDUCATIONAL TEAM SUPPORT/COLLABORATION SERVICE TIME

(MINUTES PER WEEK)

Score on rubric

Range of suggested service time

 

 

47 – 57

30 - 70 minutes/wk

 SAMPLE

 SAMPLE

40 – 46

15 - 30 minutes/wk

 (Example: 50)

 (Example: 15 minutes / week)

Example explanation: O&M SPECIALIST will consult with student's team for 1 hour per month (equals 15 minutes / week).

RECOMMENDED SCHEDULE OF SERVICE MINUTES for ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SERVICES

DIRECT SERVICE TIME

TOTAL (box E) from direct service column

YOUR Recommended AMOUNT OF DIRECT SERVICE TIME

(MINUTES PER WEEK)

Score on rubric

Range of suggested

service time

 

 

EXAMPLE: 56-69

EXAMPLE: 30-45 minutes/wk

60

30 minutes/wk

210 +

240 or more minutes/wk

 

 

185 - 209

180 - 240 minutes/wk

 

 

167 - 184

120 -180 minutes/wk

 

 

118 - 166

90 - 120 minutes/wk

 

 

101 - 117

75 - 90 minutes/wk

 

 

81 – 100

60 - 75 minutes/wk

 

 

70 - 80

45 - 60 minutes/wk

 

 

56 - 69

30 - 45 minutes/wk

 

 

23 - 54

20 - 30 minutes/wk

 

 

0 – 22

0 - 20 minutes/wk

 

 

BASED on a 2400-minute/per week system---

2400 minutes in a school week (includes a 7 hour, 15-minute school day, plus 45 minutes for lunch [lunch time can be used for instruction])

2400 min per week = 480 minutes per day available for instruction

 

Explanation and Justification for Recommended Amount of Service Time

Explain how the minutes per week will be distributed (e.g., 30 minutes, 3 times per week = 90 minutes per week; one hour per month = 15 minutes per week, etc.): ______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

If recommended service time as indicated by the O&M VISSIT does not match the IEP team's decided amount of service time, please state the factors or reasons why this discrepancy occurred.

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

Recommended Schedule of Service Minutes for ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SERVICES - Educational Team Support/Collaboration

Educational Team

Support/Collaboration Time

TOTAL (box K) from the educational team support/

collaboration column

YOUR Recommended AMOUNT OF EDUCATIONAL TEAM SUPPORT/COLLABORATION SERVICE TIME

(MINUTES PER WEEK)

Score on rubric

Range of suggested service time

 

 

EXAMPLE: 69-80

EXAMPLE: 110-150 minutes/wk

70

120 minutes/wk

112+

600 or more minutes/wk

 

 

101 - 111

450-600 minutes/wk

 

 

91 - 100

300 - 450 minutes/wk

 

 

81 - 90

150 - 300 minutes/wk

 

 

69 - 80

110 - 150 minutes/wk

 

 

58 - 68

70 - 110 minutes/wk

 

 

47 – 57

30 - 70 minutes/wk

 

 

40 – 46

15 - 30 minutes/wk

 

 

27 – 39

10 - 15 minutes/wk

 

 

14 - 26

5 - 10 minutes/wk

 

 

0 – 13

0 - 5 minutes/wk

 

 

BASED on a 2400-minute/per week system---

2400 minutes in a school week (includes a 7 hour, 15-minute school day, plus 45 minutes for lunch [lunch time can be used for instruction]);  2400 min per week = 480 minutes per day available for instruction

Explanation and Justification for Recommended Amount of Service Time

Explain how the minutes per week will be distributed (e.g., 30 minutes, 3 times per week = 90 minutes per week; one hour per month = 15 minutes per week, etc.): ______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

 

If recommended service time as indicated by the O&M VISSIT does not match the IEP team's decided amount of service time, please state the factors or reasons why this discrepancy occurred.

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________________