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CVI Teachable Moments

CVI Teachable Moments

October 8, 2019

As children with CVI enter phase II, two functions are improving.
The ability to understand symbols - moving from a 3D object to 2D photo, and color highlighting - outlining areas in a favorite color so the child can determine where objects are.
During this teachable moment,  Ellen Mazel will be discussing these two topics. 

College Success Series - Intro

College Success Series - Intro

October 3, 2019

As young adults are transitioning to college, there are many unknowns for the student.  What is the best school? How will they find classes? Will they make friends?  For many, this might be their first time out on their own.  First time they had to figure out where to eat, or even how to do their laundry.  This can be intimidating for any young adult.

We will be talking with Kate Katulak and Leslie Thatcher about transitioning.  They will be presenting some tips and thought pauses on how this process to transition can be a smooth one.  I am also excited to tell you this will be a 4-part series.

Click here for an accessible transcript of this episode on the Perkins eLearning website

Vision impairment in the “way back when”

Vision impairment in the “way back when”

September 24, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it might be like as a vision impaired person in the 1800s? Early 1900’s?  What was around for assistive technology when Helen Keller was at Perkins?  I spoke with Jen Hale and Susanna Coit from Perkins Archives to find out the ins and outs of this department and had an amazing talk with them.... wait till you hear the most interesting "items" in the collection.

Teaching Tactile Graphics for Children with Visual Impairment

Teaching Tactile Graphics for Children with Visual Impairment

September 17, 2019

Graphics provide so much information to a sighted reader, and symbols conveying what a story is about or what’s being displayed can be really important and meaningful to a braille reader as well. In this webcast Lucia discusses spatial relationship and graphic literacy, moving from models to graphics and strategies for teaching students to read tactile graphics.

Lucia Hasty has held teaching and administrative positions in special education for more than 30 years. Retired from education, she is a consultant, presenting workshops and developing training materials for a variety of audiences. 

If you are interested in learning more about this podcast, please visit our website at www.perkinselearning.org

Is your child or student available to learn?

Is your child or student available to learn?

September 10, 2019

How do you know if your student/child is available for learning? Are they attentive and ready to learn?
Should you postpone learning if a child is not alert? When is the best time for learning?

Chris Russell from the New York collaborative is joining us and will be answering these questions and more.

A Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) guide to children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) with Jenna Friedman

A Speech Language Pathologists (SLP) guide to children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) with Jenna Friedman

September 3, 2019

Jenna Friedman's work as a Speech Pathologist led her to do extensive research about Cortical Visual Impairment, after many of her clients’ families reported they were not sure if their children could see. Friedman considers the CVI Range© Assessment part of all comprehensive speech and feeding evaluations she conduct for children with indicators for CVI, to ensure that all children are supported by accommodating for their visual skills and needs.

Cortical Visual Impairment Complexity with Matt Tietjen

Cortical Visual Impairment Complexity with Matt Tietjen

August 27, 2019

Evaluating a classrooms complexity for a child with cortical visual impairment can be a challenge.  Thankfully, Matt Tietjen explains how this can be accomplished and allow your student to have a visually accessible school day.

Early Orientation and Mobility: Birth to Three

Early Orientation and Mobility: Birth to Three

August 20, 2019

In this audio version of a webinar, Susan Abu-Jaber focuses on birth to three orientation and mobility. Together, we will look at skills in this age range knowing that each child is unique, and will develop at their own pace. 

Susan Abu-Jaber is an orientation and mobility specialist and currently works at the Perkins campus. She has worked with students with visual impairments, deaf-blindness and other challenges for 31 years.

Before and After CVI: How life has changed for one determined woman

Before and After CVI: How life has changed for one determined woman

August 13, 2019

Imagine losing your vision at 17 years old. Think of how much your world has just changed.
This is what happened with Ashley Purdy. A couple years ago, she lost her vision. She has
needed to "start over" what most of us take for granted. She has a very interesting story and
was a pleasure to talk with. I think you will agree she is a pretty amazing young adult.

Sensorimotor and More with Nathalie DeWitt

Sensorimotor and More with Nathalie DeWitt

August 6, 2019

How can you reach a child in the sensorimotor stage of development?  We talked with an expert in this topic and she explains it all.