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Join us for this Annual Event!

December 8, 2017

Texas School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Austin, TX


The field of DeafBlindness has a small but passionate group of individuals.  This annual event targets professionals working with students with DeafBlindness.  

This training will not provide basic information about DeafBlindness. If you are new to the field you may find the content advanced.  That doesn't mean you shouldn't attend this event; challenge yourself to learn more.  If you are not sure about this event meeting your needs, please feel free to contact us at .

Hotel Reservations and Information about the Hotel



Download the handout in Regular Word or PDF format or Large Print Word or PDF format.  

Suzanne Zeedyk has also provided several of her publications which you may download.

Friday, December 8th

The Biology of Connection: How relationship led teaching changes brains, bodies and behaviour

Presented by:

Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, Developmental Psychologist and 

Founder of the Organization connected baby 

Dundee, Scotland 

What happens when we place connection at the center of all thinking in the field of DeafBlindness?

Communication is always about connection; Dr. Suzanne Zeedyk, a specialist in parent-infant communication, will encourage us think about ways to establish bonds through relationship building, and positive interactions. She will discuss how early life experiences can go on to shape children’s biology and brain architecture, and review evidence showing that relationships are central to healthy human functioning.  Our understanding of this basic science will allow us to reflect on whether the ideas of connection are sufficiently embedded at the core thinking within the field of DeafBlindness – and if not, what we need to do to overcome any gaps we find.

About our Presenter

ZeedykSmallDr. Suzanne Zeedyk is a research scientist fascinated by babies’ innate capacity to connect.  Since 1993, she has been based at the University of Dundee (Scotland), within the School of Psychology.  Her academic career began in the USA, where she completed her PhD at Yale University. 

In 2011, Suzanne stepped away from a full-time academic post in order to establish an independent training enterprise.  Its aim is to help the public understand all that science has discovered about the importance of emotional connection for human health and happiness.  It’s working!  Approximately 40,000 people have now attended her speaking events, and she reaches over 50,000 people a week on social media.  She works internationally with organizations who are keen to think more deeply about fostering connection, compassion and resilience.

In 2014, Suzanne broadened her public reach even further by founding the organization connected baby.  She and her team work to help parents and professionals make practical use of the science of connection.  Relationships matter – as much for human brains as for human hearts.

Suzanne’s core aspiration continues to be strengthening awareness of the decisions we take about caring for our children — because those choices are integrally connected to our vision for the kind of society we wish to build.


8:30-8:45 AM - Sign-in

8:45-9:00 AM - Housekeeping and Welcome

9:00-10:15 AM - Presentation

10:15-10:30 AM - Break

10:30-12:00PM - Presentation

12:00-1:15 PM - Lunch  (Lunch will be on your own.)

1:15-2:30 PM - Presentation

2:30-2:45 PM - Break

2:45-4:00 PM - Presentation


Registration thru November 26th - $50

Registration beginning November 27th - $75

  • You may register now and pay later if you are paying with a check or purhase order.  Credit card payment is charged automatically.  
  • There is a $25 cancellation fee that you may be subject to if cancelling after December 5th.
  • May checks and purchase orders to TSBVI Outreach Programs and note the names of all individuals covered by the check or purchase order.
  • Send payment to TSBVI Business Office, 1100 W. 45th Street, Austin, TX 78756, Attention: Cashier

Register Now!

Thursday, December 7th

A Special Film Screening

From 6:30-9:30 PM we are pleased to host a film screening and panel discussion of the documentary, "Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope" by director, James Redford.  Forming a companion piece to his recent documentary "Paper Tigers", Redford explores the identification and treatment of those suffering from adverse childhood experiences (ACES).

Join us for a screening of the documentary followed by a panel discussion exploring relationships to the experiences of children with DeafBlindness.

6:30 PM - Sign-in

7:00 PM - Introductions and Welcome from Texas DeafBlind Outreach Team

7:10 PM - Suzanne Zeedyk provides an overview and shares a link to the DeafBlind experience

7:20 PM - Film

8:20-9:30 PM - Panel Discussion

Want to learn more about this film?  View this video clip of James Redford on YouTube or watch this movie trailer.

Movie Trailer