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TSBVI Outreach Coffee Hour recordings are not eligible for delayed viewing credits. To earn CEUs for participating in upcoming sessions, please visit the current registration page.

CVI Companion Guide

Open captioned. How do we better understand the needs of young children with CVI and their caregivers? Over the last three years, early intervention professionals at the New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (NMSBVI) in collaboration with the authors of the CVI Companion Guide grappled with this question. In this Coffee Hour, discover the lessons learned from this collaborative work and how it can inform your practice this school year.

Tactile Language Development in Students who are Congenitally Deafblind

Open captioned. This session will begin to discuss the information shared in the Nordic Welfare Centre's book "If you can see it, you can support it: A book on tactile language."

The Value of Family Engagement: The Transformation to an Equitable Approach for Service Delivery

The mission of the national deaf-blind network is to assist families, educators, agencies, and organizations to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to help children who are deaf-blind learn, access the general education curriculum, and successfully transition to adult life. By prioritizing family leadership, the network is increasing their focus on equity and addressing the cultural and linguistic needs of families. During this coffee hour, we will share our family engagement definition, direct service priorities, and systems change plan. Time will be given to allow you to identify how the network’s report, The Value of Family Engagement: Identifying Unique Needs and Priorities of Families with Children Who Are Deaf-Blind can be used in other networks and in your direct partnership with families. Open captioned.

ECC In the Home and Community through Teaming

We do not grow in isolation and neither do our student's skills. Nor do any of us have the time to individually meet all of our students' needs. Together we can do better! By teaming together: TVI's, O&M's, Parents, Classroom Teachers, Paraprofessionals, and other team members, we can provide the student with more learning opportunities to acquire and generalize skills they will need for adult life. This session will explore ways of teaming in the school, home, and community to help learning flourish. Open captioned.

Untangling the Web of Online Resources

There are so many resources available online, where do we even start? In this first Coffee Hour session of the year, we will give an overview of our new website, learn about the New VI Professional Livebinder, and make sure that you know how to access all the tools you'll need to start the new year. Open captioned.

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.