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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.

Orientation & Mobility Services and Support: Birth through Five

Open captioned. Join us for a conversation about the important role orientation and mobility specialists play in supporting our youngest learners who are blind or visually impaired in the home, school, and community settings. Early childhood O&M resources will also be highlighted during this session.

Successes in Early Vision Screening

Open captioned. Anchor Center for Blind Children, a non-profit organization that supports families with young children with visual impairment from birth to six in Denver, Colorado, and several local Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)s are collaborating to identify visual function concerns of pre-term infants using a validated visual screening tool called The Neonatal Assessment Visual European Grid (NAVEG). Infants identified to be at risk with the NAVEG are referred for follow-up to ophthalmological care and local early intervention vision services. We will share about the NAVEG research and our training successes.

Described and Captioned Media Program (DCMP) - Important Resources for the Classroom

Open captioned. Come and learn about this free resource for K-12 students. The webinar will focus on how described media can enhance learning and classroom experiences along with a review of important content supporting their new Getting a Job e-Learning transition from school-to-work module. Getting a Job offers a series of activities, supporting documents, and audio messages from role models. The module is designed to help the job seeker prepare for the world of work. It features several blind and low vision role models to guide students along the path to work.

Introduction to Active Learning Coaching

Active Learning is a research-based pedagogical approach that can provide access to the general curriculum for many students with the most complex needs when applied with fidelity. Learn how the Texas Sensory Support Network (TxSSN) is using a Texas Education Agency (TEA)-approved instructional coaching model and training materials tied to Texas' School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI's) Active Learning online modules to build capacity in Active Learning across the state of Texas. Open captioned and ASL.

Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: From Theory to Practice

The presentation will provide an overview of infant mental health, underscoring the critical role of early relational experiences. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young children and their caregivers will also be reviewed. Strategies for supporting caregivers and young children through relationship-focused interventions will be provided. Finally, participants will be invited to explore the role that self-care/self-compassion play in providing care to others. Open captioned and ASL.

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.

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