Early and accurate identification of neurological visual impairment is critical to approaching the improvement of functional vision through early brain plasticity in the first year of life.
This presentation will focus on supporting family-centered practices, include naturally embedding opportunities, to improve easy adaptations of the home environment and activities within the families’ daily routines.
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Catherine Smyth, Ph.D., is the Director of Research at Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, Colorado. She has an extensive background as a TSVI in early intervention, providing support for families in center-based settings and homes. Her research interests include concept development and tactual assessments for young children with visual impairment, how vision loss affects the mealtime process, and early visual screening for infants. Her professional goals include engaging TSVIs in the research process, and to provide feasible, successful research-based interventions that TSVIs can use with families in natural settings.