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O&M VISSIT: An Innovative Tool for Determining Recommendations for Type and Amount of O&M Service

In this session, visual impairment professionals will learn about the O&M VISSIT, a research-based tool to that helps COMS to recommend appropriate service times for both direct and collaborative consultation times for their students on their O&M caseload. The presentation will include a demonstration of how to use student O&M evaluation data to complete the O&M VISSIT and how to use the O&M VISSIT to make a recommendation for service time during the student's IEP meeting.

Utilizing CViConnect to Provide Access for Learners with CVI

During this session, we will walk step by step through a variety of ways to utilize the ten visual and behavioral characteristics within a digital activity to ensure your learner participates with their peers. We will put into action the strategies that have been shared from researchers in the field, such as Christine Roman-Lantzy, Matt Teitjen, and others. From finding the visual target to considering what additional modifications are necessary. After this session, participants will have a better understanding of how they can use the digital age to support their learners with CVI.

CHARGE Syndrome: The Puzzle, The Practicals, and The Possibilities

Join us for a Coffee Chat to learn about the many nuances of CHARGE Syndrome and explore resources and tools to support a child and family. The presenter, a parent of a young man with CHARGE will also share her lived experiences raising a child and navigating the medical, educational, and post-secondary systems.

Getting the Lay of the Land: Transition from ECI to IDEA-Part B

In what ways do you support collaboration during the transition from ECI to IDEA-Part B services? Join a team of education specialists in early childhood special education and visual impairments as they discuss the importance of collaboration in creating an appropriate program for students entering the public school system.

Negotiation Skills for the Educational Professional (WREIC)

When people think of negotiation, they typically picture buying a new car or home. However, negotiation occurs more often than we realize. Even in our professional practice, we often use negotiation to encourage buy-in for implementing educational strategies or techniques. Attend this session to learn basic negotiation techniques and how to encourage your fellow team mates to work together for student success.

Teaching a Child’s First Teacher: Adult Learning in Early Intervention (WREIC)

While the focus of early intervention is to improve a child's developmental outcomes, a provider's energies and efforts focus on the child’s caregivers. We are teachers and coaches for parents, not teachers and therapists for the children. Our goal is to enable caregivers to be effective first teachers – to be consciously competent about how to support the unique needs of their child. As one early intervention provider commented, “the real impact of early intervention occurs after the provider leaves.” In this 2 hour session we will review adult learning frameworks and best practices to build caregivers’ capabilities, specifically the skills, knowledge, and behaviors to be their child’s first teacher.

Learning Management Systems: What TVIs Need to Know

Join us to learn about the benefits and limitations of learning management systems for students with visual impairments. Gain knowledge of options such as advocating for accessibility and working collaboratively with your students' general education teachers. Contribute to the discussion of helping to improve our students' virtual learning experience.

Coaching vs. Consulting- What's the Difference?

Coaching and consulting are often used synonymously, but these two approaches have key differences. Knowing when to employ one approach over another can help improve your effectiveness at addressing your client’s needs. Attend this Coffee Hour to explore the differences between coaching and consulting and to identify in various scenarios when one approach may be preferable to the other.

Ensuring Meaningful Access for Students with CVI

What happens after you’ve completed the necessary assessments? We will utilize the baseline data gathered to analyze pre-made CVI activities. Next, we will review student profiles, identify which of those activities would be best fit, and their purpose. Finally, we will modify activities when a pre-made activity is not available.

Rubrics 101: How to get started, develop and rock your teaching skills with rubrics

This coffee hour will give simple and doable steps for using rubrics with your teaching. Rubrics can be used for students of all abilities. They are beneficial for both teachers and students. Come learn how to develop them to meet your needs. No prior experience needed.

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