NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

September 2017

Each child will be honored, respected, and empowered to achieve success in school and life.

North Carolina Early Learning Sensory Support Program for Children with Visual Impairments

NC Department of Public Instruction

Office of Early Learning

September's Quote

When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.

-Dalai Lama


Professional Development Submitted by Lin Causey

Indo Jax Surf Charities Submitted by Sandy Bryant & Lin Causey

Opening Convocation

Service Awards Submitted by Bethany Mayo

Staff Birthdays for September

Photo/Video Credits

Professional Development Opportunities

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Relationship-Based Early Intervention Webinar

Session Information: Current research recognizes that children's relationships with their parents and other consistent caregivers are critical to development. Relationship based practices in early intervention are intended to support the parent-child relationship and maximize the learning opportunities therein. This focus requires a change in the roles of professionals, requiring more than competence in one’s discipline. This session will explore the components of relationship based practices, including perspectives on parent-child, parent-practitioner, and practitioner-practitioner relationships, and the skills needed for success in implementation.

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Time: 3:00-4:30pm

Contact hours: 1 hr 30 mins

Sponsor: Social and Emotional Learning Collaborative Infant Mental Health/SEO Workgroup (in collaboration with ECTA)

Audience: All state and local staff/providers/partners, but you MUST register in advance by clicking on the register button below

Fee: none


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Music to Promote Engagement and Learning for Children with ASD: The What, Why and How Webinar

Session Information: Music is an important part of young children’s everyday routines within their home and school environments. Everyday engagement to music may include listening, singing, dancing, moving to different rhythms, and playing musical instruments. Active engagement to music holds the potential to promote cognitive, emotional, and social abilities of young children in an interactive and engaging context. This is especially important for young children with ASD, who may have challenges participating in-group activities and miss important learning opportunities.

Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Time: 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EDT

Contact hours: 1.0

Sponsor: Division of Early Childhood

Fee: $25 for DEC members - $35 for non-members


Email for the member discount code or to register via purchase order.

Grandparents as Child Care Providers: Understanding Their Experiences and Meeting Their Needs

Date: Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM EDT

Session Information: In 2011, 4.8 million infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the U.S. were cared for by grandparents while parents worked or attended school. That’s 24% of all children under 5, approximately the same number of children enrolled in formal child care programs. Grandparents are the caregivers of choice for working parents of children under five. But while grandparents tell us their grandchildren are their greatest joy, sharing the care with their adult children isn’t always smooth sailing. Join ZERO TO THREE for a live interactive webinar—learn more about how grandparents view their role and get tips on helping families navigate this essential three generation relationship.


Audience: This free webinar is open to parents, providers, and of course, grandparents!

Fee: none


Received from Krystal Davis

Public Health Consultant

Division of Public Health, Early Intervention Branch

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services


Indo Jax Surf Charities - The Hero Effect

Indo Jax Surf Charities: Jack Viorel leads this organization, which empowers disadvantaged, medically fragile and special needs children by exposing them to the ocean environment and teaching them to surf.

Early Learning Sensory Support Program (HI and VI)

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Highlights from Convocation 2017

The Early Learning Sensory Support Program Convocation was held August 10th and 11th in Raleigh. Staff from both the Hearing Impaired and Vision Impaired sections came together to hear presentations on working with interpreters, drug awareness and safety while working in homes. The two sections separated to learn even more in the their specific content areas. Some of the topics addressed included Executive Functioning in Infants and Toddlers with Hearing Impairments, Cortical Visual Impairments, Assistive Technology and Learning Through Play. Convocation was a fun-filled, learning experience.

Service Awards

During Convocation, the following staff members from ELSSP/VI were recognized for their years of service to the state...

05 Years.....Annette Zaiontz

10 Years.....Angel Wallace

15 Years.....Deidre Dorsey & Joy Fleming

20 Years.....Karen Beijer

25 Years.....Becky Lowrey

30 Years.....Lin Causey & Marcia Rollings

Congratulations to all of these teachers for 100+ combined years of service to the children of North Carolina!

September Staff Birthdays

September 20 Ambra Spry

September 20 Joy Fleming

September 22 Heather Bradford

Photo/Video Credits