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INSITE Model for Young Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

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Project INSITE began in 1981 to meet the needs of young children with vision impairments and multiple disabilities (including hearing loss) and their families. A service delivery model, curriculum manual, and training model were developed to address the needs of this population of children.

What is the INSITE Model?

The INSITE Model is a model of home intervention for infant, toddler, and preschool-aged children with multiple disabilities and sensory impariments.  The 750-page two-volume curriculum contains home-based programming for families of young children who are sensory impaired with additional special needs (multidisabled sensory impaired or MSI).  Their developmental checklist for children from birth to six years is a particularly valuable resource when doing informal assessment.

The first volume includes the following:

  • Communication program
  • Hearing program
  • Psycho-emotional support
  • Home visit planning, delivering and reporting
  • Child assessment
  • Family needs
  • Support services

The second volume includes:

  • Vision
  • Cognition
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Self-help
  • Social-emotional development


SKI-HI Institute

The SKI-HI Institute is a group of dedicated individuals whose goal is to enhance the lives of children with sensory impairments, their families, and service providers.  They provide training in using the INSITE Model.  Learn more.


HOPE, Inc.

 HOPE Publishing distributes the materials developed by the SKI-HI Institute. They sell the INSITE Curriculum, as well as many other resources. View their catalog.

Posted on November 9, 2019
Updated on: November 10, 2020