Where Is the Focus on the Psychomotor Domain? by ProQuest


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									Letter to the editor                                                                                 idea in PraCtiCe
                                                                                                     B y m a Ry B e t h K lot z

Where is the focus                               in their manuals; the DSM-IV-TR and                 news from the idea                                  ics of interest such as RTI, autism spec-
                                                 ICD-10 identify students who have motor                                                                 trum disorder, creating agreement/dispute
on the Psychomotor                               learning problems via the terms “devel-
                                                                                                     Partnership Project
                                                                                                                                                         resolution, and secondary transition; and
domain?                                          opmental coordination disorder” (DCD)               Recently, NASP participated in the IDEA             User Guides, similar in content to a Collec-
                                                 and “specific disorder of motor function-           Partnership’s annual meeting where                  tion, but targeted to a particular resource
B y Pa u l e n e K a m P S                       ing.” Since the early 1990s, international          emerging educational issues and oppor-              developed by one federal technical assis-
I read with great interest the article on Ad-    research and individual case studies re-            tunities for shared work were discussed             tance center. Download these and other re-
vocacy (“Capitol Hill Recognizes National        veal relationships between motor learning           among representatives of national or-               sources from the IDEA Partnership’s web-
School Psychology Week and the Work              disabilities and current issues in society          ganizations and their affiliates, federal           site and read more about efforts to address
of School Psychologists,” Communiqué,            such as bullying, obesity, lack of physical         technical assistance centers, and the Of-           the reform initiatives and emerging is-
February 2010) in which three individuals        fitness, and depression—as well as prob-            fice of Special Education Programs. The             sues outlined above from http://www.idea
spoke on behalf of NASP when presenting          lems with academic achievement, social              vision of the Partnership is that through           partnership.org.
at Capitol Hill in November 2009. Based          skills, behavior, and even attendance. If           shared work and engaging networks there
on the transcripts provided, the presen-         these don’t relate to school psychology, I          is the potential to transform how schools           learningPort
tations were well done and fully in line         am in the wrong profession.                         do business and to translate research and           LearningPort, a free, online professional
with current practices of school psychol-             Because it is not taught in gradu-             policy to practice. The essential learnings         development library of education re-
ogy. However, again it seems that North          ate programs, there are very few North              agreed upon include the belief that cross-          sources developed by the IDEA Partner-
American school psychologists are miss-          American school psychologists who know              stakeholder engagement and shared lead-             ship and funded by the Office of Special
ing the target on an enormous domain of          about DCD and motor issues. Fortunately,            ership are essential at all levels of planning,     Education Programs (OSEP) was re-
functioning. In fact, it seems like they don’t   that is changing, as evidenced by the sig-          decision making, activity implementation,           cently launched. LearningPort contains
even know that there is another target!          nificant interest in a mini-skills workshop         and evaluation.                                     a range of materials from national asso-
    Why is it that there is no focus on          entitled “Developmental Coordination                    Participants at the annual meeting              ciations, state departments of education,
the psychomotor domain in our work?              Disorder: The Forgotten DSM-IV Diag-                discussed several emerging issues and               and technical assistance centers in a vari-
There is plenty of international research        nosis” presented in Chicago at the NASP             how they can be addressed utilizing                 ety of formats, including full video train-
showing significant psychological im-            convention in March 2010.                           the Partnership’s philosophy of shared              ing modules, webinars, and conference
plications when students have prob-                   In summary, I thank NASP for its will-         work and collaborative networks. These              materials. The website has an advanced
lems with motor learning. This ongoing           ingness to stand and speak to powerful pol-         emerging issues all provide frameworks              search function that recognizes syn-
omission seems completely contrary to            iticians on Capitol Hill. However, I implore        for education reform: Common Core                   onyms and has a type-ahead feature to
comments made by our NASP leaders,               leaders in this profession to learn about           State Standards, Next Generation Learn-             add to the ease and comprehensiveness
the foundations of practice, and NASP            and address issues related to the psycho-           ers, and P–16 initiatives. Governors and            in locating resources. Users may contrib-
guidelines. Kathleen Minke’s transcript          motor domain because it will further pro-           state commissioners of education have               ute new resources to the LearningPort li-
states that, “Meeting the needs of the           mote the importance and necessity of our            committed to developing a common core               brary by utilizing an upload feature found
whole child (emphasis added) is critical         jobs. We have at our fingertips the ability to      of state standards in English-language              on the website. Many of these resources
to bringing out the best in schools and          show educators, parents, and other stake-           arts and mathematics for Grades K–12.               can be incorporated into larger training
students.” I could not agree more. She           holders how obesity, bullying, depression,          The Common Core Standards initiative’s              packages being developed in states and
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