This workshop focuses on recommended practices in early intervention and early childhood special education as the context for identifying and implementing interventions for infants, toddlers and preschoolers with CVI. Evidence-based practices will be drawn from Lueck, A.L., Chen, D., & Hartmann, E. (in press). CVI Companion Guide . Louisville, KY: APH to Lueck, A.L., Chen, D., Kekelis, L.S., & Hartmann, E. (2008). Developmental guidelines for infants with visual impairments. A guidebook for early intervention (2nd.). Louisville, KY: APH. Topics include the possible manifestations of CVI in young children; potential effects of CVI on early development; strategies to promote social-emotional, communication, cognitive, fine-motor and gross-motor development; and application to early intervention home-based services and preschool settings. Content will be shared through discussion, handouts, observations of video clips and small group learning activities.
After participating in the workshop, participants will be able to:
- List recommended practices in early intervention and early childhood special education.
- Identify the different sources of evidence based practices for young children with CVI.
- List potential effects of CVI on the early development of young children.
- List possible manifestations of CVI in young children.
- Select strategies to promote social-emotional, communication, fine and gross motor and cognitive development in young children with CVI.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of early intervention team members.
- Embed interventions to promote infants and toddlers’ learning and development within daily home routines with families.
- Identify the roles and responsibilities of educational team members in preschool settings.
- Relate selected adaptations to Universal Design for Learning and Differentiation Strategies for preschoolers with CVI
- Embed interventions to promote preschoolers’ learning and development within classroom routines.