Dr. Linda Lawrence and Dr. Anne Nielsen - A Community Program that Enhances Vision Evaluation for Children! Webinar Powerpoint Captioned Text

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) hosted a webinar about a creative collaborative program KanLovKids. This was a first in a series of 4 webinars related to the Early Identification and Referral process. KanLovKids offers low vision collaboration clinics and low vision collaboration clinics+ (formally Pediatric Low Vision Collaborative Clinics) to children from ages birth through 21 who reside in Kansas. All services are supplementary to the child/student's primary eye care provided by their local ophthalmologist and/or optometrist. There are seven participating optometrists that evaluate school-aged children that are able to read an eye chart (letters, numbers, or pictures) and describe what they see to the doctor. Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Koederitz  are pediatric ophthalmologists, working with with infants, toddlers, and school-aged children with alternative communication and complex needs. Often these students have Cortical Visual Impairment, the leading cause of newly diagnosed visual impairment in the United States. In this webinar you will learn about how the project was created, how the clinics are conducted and the positive impact it has on intervention for children.

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Chrissy Cowan & Dr. Cynthia Bachofer - Instruction in the Use of Optical Devices, Part 1 - A (34 minutes) & Part 1 - B (36 minutes) - Powerpoint   Transcript

Students with low vision do not automatically develop skills of using tools and strategies to access visual information, and few materials exist to guide needed instruction in the use of optical devices. This presentation describes the rationale for supporting students’ visual independence and building proficiency in a range of tasks. Part A explains skills needed for using near devices and Part B focuses on distances devices.  Building proficiency and finding the confidence to use these tools is a challenge across the life span.  Participants will learn steps for integrating prescribed optical devices into educational and functional daily living tasks.

Knowing when to use and why to use optical devices or visual strategies to gain information is an essential part of building proficiency and confidence as a device user.  Adult instruction and support, across a range of environments, is necessary for students to develop the habit of integrating device use throughout their day and increasing visual independence. This presentation describes opportunities for family members and educational staff (COMS, TVI, classroom teachers) to collaborate in teaching spatial/educational concepts of school, home, and the community.  Examples for encouraging visual curiosity and exploration of the environment as student interests and goals change are provided throughout the presentation.

Student rejection of optical devices is a familiar topic for teachers of students with visual impairments.  This presentation outlines the primary reasons for rejection and strategies that can build motivation for student use.  Explicit instruction for integrating device use into daily routines in the classroom and beyond is also discussed.

Dr. Tessa McCarthy - What Every Teacher Should Know About Visual Impairment (21 minutes)
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Approximately half of students with visual impairments spend the majority of their day in inclusive classrooms with typically sighted peers. As a result, many teachers and related service providers will work with a student with visual impairments at some point in their career. This video provides an overview of some of the basics of working with students with visual impairments. With the right information and preparation, the experience of working with a student with a visual impairment can be an eye-opening, exciting, and positive experience for both you and the student.

Very young children with low vision can begin to learn the skills necessary for using optical devices if they are given appropriate experiences and interactions. This presentation offers a rationale for encouraging visual skills and optical device use from infancy through the preschool years. Specific strategies and skills are presented that parents and professionals can use with children with low vision to develop emergent and formal skills for using optical devices. 

What's in the box?  How do I turn it on?  Where do I find...?  Customizing your IPad for your student.

Robert G. Taylor - Apps, Apps, Apps - Locating and Installing Apps on the IPad (11 minutes) - Powerpoint

Instructional features you need. How do I find the app I want?   How do I install the app?  Creating folders and organization.  Deleting apps, are the apps lost forever?

Illustrations of apps that solve everyday problems for the low vision student.

Dr. Linda Lawrence is an ophthalmologist who provides an introduction to the Syndrome of Optic Nerve Hypoplasia (ONH).  In this presentation, viewers will gain a general understanding of the wide spectrum of ONH.

Dr. Deborah Chen provides an overview of factors that contribute to delays in the early diagnosis of vision impairment such as: 1) typical and unusual visually related behaviors in infancy, 2) physical and behavior indicators that constitute reasons to refer an infant or toddler to a pediatric ophthalmologist or optometrist, and 3) diagnoses that are associated with visual impairment. Viewers will learn the six basic visual skills involved in a task and the common terms used to describe vision loss.  The roles and responsibilities of medical and educational vision specialists will be underscored.

Dr. Chen also will identify behaviors related to vision use during the first 12 months of age. 

    Resources for First Look: Vision Screening for Infants