Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Growing Good Communicators: Empowering Students with Sensory and Multiple Disabilities

Millie SmithMillie Smith will present a special full-day workshop, hosted by CEC’s Division on Visual Impairment and Deafblindness and sponsored by The American Printing House for the Blind, as part of the CEC Conference in Tampa on Tuesday, Feb. 6. This workshop is a separate registration from convention registration. 
Without effective intervention, children with sensory impairments may have very little to talk about because their access to sensory information about people, objects, actions, and places is limited. While students with multiple disabilities and sensory loss maybe given access to augmentative communication devices, they also need access to partners that provide opportunities to grow social and self-determination skills. Parents and teams must teach communication skills in mutually enjoyable social interactions designed to overcome sensory barriers to understanding. In this workshop, you will learn about the evidence base that supports effective assessment and intervention for students with sensory and multiple disabilities. Through observation and conversation, you will deepen your skills in recognizing subtle communication behaviors and responses to the environment. With support from Millie and colleagues, you will have the opportunity to practice approaches that embed meaningful learning goals in natural and motivating routines.
After this workshop, you will be able to:
  • Identify three ways to build trust and rapport with students and their teams.
  • Use video case profiles to identify the sensory systems that support the students’ access to learning, participation, and communication
  • Describe how to incorporate a student’s interests into communication and learning goals.
  • Design motivating learning activities that maximize the student’s sensory access for communication.
  • Identify ways to share your knowledge with colleagues and family members to support students’ communication throughout the day


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Event Date: 

Feb 06, 2018