The author describes our body’s response to stress and how we learn and support self-regulation. He also gives caregivers information to guide their children, especially young children and those with sensory impairments and multiple disabilities, on their own paths to self-discovery, self-regulation, and resilience.
Matt Schultz continues to describe the journey of a student who, as a result of her instructional team’s use of a relationship-based educational approach, had a life-changing breakthrough. He links her experience to current research on how and why this happened. To read Kersten’s Story, Part I, please visit the following link: https://www.tsbvi.edu/fall-winter-2018-issue/222-tx-senseabilities/5937-kersten-s-story
The authors provide an update on the expanding knowledge and use of Active Learning, a technique designed to provide education for students who are functioning within the developmental range of 0-48 months, in Texas and beyond. Part One of this series was included in the Fall/Winter 2018 issue of TX SenseAbilities.
CVI is a neurologically based visual impairment that may be improved with targeted and specialized interventions. Teachers often feel unprepared to assess and modify for this highly complex condition. It can be frustrating for parents and guardians if they see that the educational team lacks guidance about how to address their child’s vision needs. The Texas CVI Statewide Initiative has been formed to improve educator confidence and competence in addressing CVI around the state and thus improve outcomes for children who have CVI.
Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) consists of four specialized formats: braille, large print, digital text and audio. Students with visual impairments are eligible to receive AIM. Understanding AIM and working collaboratively to make decisions about AIM will likely facilitate students’ participation in the general education curriculum.
Joe Perez joined Texas Health and Human Services in December 2018. Learn more about his role and goals for the Rehabilitative and Independence Services (RIS) section and the Blind Children’s Vocational Discovery and Development Program.