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Active Learning approach was developed by Dame Lilli Nielsen, sibling of and teacher to individuals with visual impairments and deafblindness in Denmark.  Her approach has been widely used throughout Texas, the nation and the world to address learning for children who are developmentally under the age of four years old regardless of their chronological age. Her approach is used with many students who in addition to visual impairments and blindness have additional disabilities such as hearing loss, fine and gross motor issues, and social or emotional delays. She based her approach on the typical development of infants and toddlers as discussed by Piaget and others, asking what impact visual impairments with additional disabilities have in this development. Dr. Nielsen describes five phases of educational techniques the adult should use in interacting with the child in a variety of specifically designed "learning environments". She also encourages programming that provides the child with many opportunities daily to explore and experience these learning environments independently without interference from the adult. 


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Active Learning Study Group

For Credit Active Learning Study Group - September 2016

For Credit Active Learning Study Group - November 2016

For CreditActive Learning Study Group - January 2017

The Active Learning Study Group for March 2017 was not recorded due to technical difficulties in the live broadcast.  The content will be broadcast during the May 2017 Active Learning Study Group.


Functional Scheme

For Credit Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - September 2015

For Credit Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - December 2015

For Credit Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - January 2016

For Credit Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - March 2016

For Credit Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - May 2016


Early Learning Step by Step

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 3 - Movements: A Prerequisite for Learning

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 4 - Coordination of Movements

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 5 - Materials and Toys

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 6 - Learning to Chew

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 7 - Learning to Eat

For Credit Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 8 & 9 - Learning to Undress, Dress and Constructive Play


Applying Active Learning Strategies

Instructional Strategies for Visually Impaired Students Under the Developmental Age of 3

Addressing Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning


Active Learning Study Group - September 2016

Original webcast date: 9/22/2016
Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  Dates for the orignial broadcasts in this series includes: 9/22/16, 11/10/16, 1/16/17, 3/30/17 and 5/25/17.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group - November 2016

Original webcast date: 11/10/2016
Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.  In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction.  Attention will be given to organizing the student's day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.  Dates for the orignial broadcasts in this series includes: 9/22/16, 11/10/16, 1/16/17, 3/30/17 and 5/25/17.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group - January 2017

Original webcast date: 1/26/2017
Description: Penrickton Center for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired host this series of webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen. In this series of webinars we will share ideas for moving from assessment to IEP development to delivering instruction. Attention will be given to organizing the student’s day and delivering both general curriculum and expanded core curriculum content using an Active Learning approach.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.For Credit

Downloads: Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt)

Functional Scheme Assessment 

During 2015-16 TSBVI Outreach staff are hosting a series of webinars focusing on Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Functional Scheme assessment tool. These webinars are hosted by Kate Hurst and Matt Schultz and include special presenters from Penrickton Center for the Blind in Michigan.  There will be 5 total webinars: September, December, January, March, and May.

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - September 2015

Original webcast date: 09/15/2015
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-2016 will focus on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." this assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our September webinar covers plans for participation, the sequence of study, planning a process for completing the assessment and determining the involvement of various educational team members. Participants need to choose one student to focus on and complete part of the assessment, as a requirement for participation. Other dates for this series include December 1, 2015, January 21, 2016, March 29, 2016, and May 24, 2016.

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Downloads: Handout (pdf) Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - December 2015

Original webcast date: 12/01/2016
Description: Scoring the Social & Emotional Perception assessment of the Functional Scheme. The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-2016 will focus on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. Participants will need to choose one student they wish to focus on to complete at least part of the assessment as a requirement for participation in the study group.  Other dates for this series include December 1, 2015, January 21, 2016, March 29, 2016, and May 24, 2016.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - January 2016

Original webcast date: 01/21/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 will focus on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our January webinar we will review several sections of the assessment and look at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored. Participants will be asked to complete at these parts of the assessment before the March study group.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - March 2016

Original webcast date: 3/29/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 will focus on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our March webinar we will review several sections of the assessment and look at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored. Participants will be asked to complete at these parts of the assessment before the May study group.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.For Credit

Downloads: Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Active Learning Study Group on Functional Scheme - May 2016

Original webcast date: 05/24/2016
Description: The Active Learning Study Group for 2015-16 will focus on Dr. Nielsen's "The Functional Scheme: Function Skills Assessment." This assessment is used with learners between birth and 48 months to determine their developmental levels and changes in levels. In our May webinar we will review several sections of the assessment and look at video examples of a student to see how these sections were scored.

 Register to receive ACVREP or SBEC credit.For Credit

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Early Learning Step by Step For Credit

During 2014-15 staff from the Outreach Programs hosted a series of Active Learning Study Group webinars which focused on a book written by Dr. Nielsen titled Early Learning Step-by-Step.  Additional there are two TETN video conferences related to active learning.

In "Early Learning - Step by Step" Dr. Nielsen discusses how environmental intervention can facilitate the child who is visually impaired with additional disabilities achieve motor and other abilities through Active Learning. This book contrasts how children, with and without visual impairment and additional disabilities, achieve the pre-requisites for learning, for example, to sit unsupported, to eat, to walk and to play constructively. This book may be purchased at www.lilliworks.com if you would like to more fully benefit from these study group webcasts.


Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 3 - Movements: A Prerequisite for Learning

Original webcast date: 10/07/2014
Description: The ability to move is a prerequisite for learning. But how does an infant learn to move? This webinar looks at both typical development and the differences for a child with visual and multiple impairments or deafblindness in this area.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 4 - Coordination of Movements

Original webcast date: 11/4/2014
Description: TSBVI Outreach staff members Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator and Matt Schultz, Deafblind Education Consultant discuss Chapter 4, in the book Early Learning Step-by-Step by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, creator of Active Learning.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 5 - Materials and Toys

Original webcast date: 12/02/2014
Description: TSBVI Outreach staff members Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator and Matt Schultz, Deafblind Education Consultant discuss Chapter 5, in the book Early Learning Step-by-Step by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, creator of Active Learning. This webinar, held 2014-12-02, looks at different Active Learning materials. (see chapters below)

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Downloads: Handout (pdf) Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 6 - Learning to Chew

Original webcast date: 01/06/2015
Description: TSBVI Outreach staff members Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator, Ann Rash, Early Childhood Intervention and Sara Kitchen, Educational Consultant discuss Chapter 6, in the book Early Learning Step-by-Step by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, creator of Active Learning. This webinar, held 2015-01-06, was to support development of mouth motor skills in infants with disabilities.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3) Handout (pdf)

Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 7 - Learning to Eat

Original webcast date: 03/03/2014
Description: TSBVI Outreach staff members Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator and Matt Schultz, Deafblind Education Consultant discuss Chapter 7, Learning to Eat in the book Early Learning Step-by-Step by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, creator of Active Learning. This webinar, held 2015-03-03, was to support development of mouth motor skills in infants with disabilities.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Handout (pdf) Audio (mp3)

Early Learning Step by Step - Chapter 8 & 9 - Learning to Undress, Dress and Constructive Play

Original webcast date: 04/07/2015
Description: TSBVI Outreach staff members Kate Hurst, Statewide Staff Development Coordinator and Matt Schultz, Deafblind Education Consultant discuss Chapters 8 and 9 in the book Early Learning Step-by-Step by Dr. Lilli Nielsen, creator of Active Learning.

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Downloads: Transcript (txt) Handout (pdf) Audio (mp3)

Instructional Strategies for VI Students Under the Developmental Age of 3 - TETN 20440

Original webcast date: 01/30/2014
Description: Kate Hurst discusses strategies for instruction when a child or student with visual impairment or deafblindness is under the developmental age of 3 years; i.e. in the sensory-motor stage. 11 specific strategies are discussed, with reference to research by Dr. van Dijk, Lilli Nielsen, and Barbara Miles.

Downloads: Audio (mp3) Transcript (txt) Handout (pdf)

Addressing Access to the Core and Expanded Core Curricula Using Active Learning

Original webcast date: 04/21/2015
Description: Kate Hurst and Scott Baltisberger with the Outreach Programs at TSBVI and Lottie Tomko, Statewide Lead for the Low Incidence Disabilities Network discuss different ways of addressing the Expanded Core Curriculum using Active Learning instructional strategies, tools, and techniques.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Handout (pdf) Audio (mp3)