NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter


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


Amazing Kids -Staff

LL Cool Tips - Lori Bartram & Lori Persinger

O&M for the Young Child- Nancy Kirby Sauls

Great Finds - staff

Professional Development Opportunities -Staff

Staff Birthdays for February

Photo/Video Credits

Amazing Kids

LL Cool Tech Tool Tips

Simple Switch Use

By: Lori Bartram and Lori Persinger

This episode features Heather Bradford, TVI, ELSSP using a toggle switch with one of her students. You will also learn about several other switches demonstrated and explained. This episode really helps you know when to introduce a switch and a variety of ways to incorporate at simple switch within your lesson.

Extension Activity: This extension activity is worth 2 hours of Infant Toddler Credit or .2 CEUs. Click HERE for instructions.

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Check out these really cute books that Marigail found!

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Take a look at these- recommended by Paula Roten.

Here is another CVI is a youtube channel that Dr. Roman is starting.

The link below is for bubbling words. You can adjust the font, outline, etc. Then copy / paste the image into a new word document for your students.

Please see the link below from Paths to Literacy about the salient features dictionary. You can access the dictionary from the article. I was a contributor to this for my course with Matt Tietjen.


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Professional Development Opportunities

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From free video presentations to credit-earning online classes, Perkins eLearning can help you further your education in a way that’s both convenient and engaging. Their development offerings are divided into two categories. All “Watch and Learn” options are offered free of charge, while their “Earn Credits” options vary in cost, depending on how many credits are awarded.

(description adapted from Perkins website)

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Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina - 2019 Learning & Leadership Summit

The theme for this event is, “Connections Matter for Prevention.” The Summit will enhance the practice and leadership skills of participants by providing educational workshops designed to help professionals develop the essential skills necessary to support and strengthen families in their communities, activate support for effective prevention practice, and engage all members of society in promoting what works in effective child maltreatment prevention.

Dates: March 5-6, 2019

Location: The McKimmon Center on the NC State Campus; it is located at 1101 Gorman St., Raleigh, NC.

2019 University of Illinois EI Training Program: Winter Webinar Series

Description: EITP is collaborating with experts in the field to bring a rich, diverse set of webinars to the early intervention community!

Fee: free

Date/Title of Training:

1/25/19 Advances in Genetic Testing for Autism Spectrum Disorders: What Early Interventionists and Families Need to Know

1/31/19 The Perfect Journey Home: Enhancing NICU Discharge and Developmental Follow-Up for Premature Infants

2/13/19 Let's Eat Together: Responsive Feeding Practices in Early Intervention

2/27/19 A Recipe for Success: Partnering with Families Beyond Early Intervention Visits

Click on title of training for more information and to register.

National Home Visiting Summit - Online

Summary: For the very first time, the National Home Visiting Summit will be livestreaming all four plenary sessions free of charge to the field. We hope you and your networks take advantage of this exciting learning opportunity and join the over 700 attendees in Washington, DC. Please take a moment to review the plenary sessions and register today.


January 31, 2019

· 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. EST
The New Network Leader: How You Can Grow Your Impact

· 12:15 - 1:30 p.m. EST
Innovation Toward Precision Home Visiting

February 1, 2019

· 8:30 - 9:45 a.m. EST
Promoting Maternal Wellbeing and Resiliency in the Face of Trauma: The Science, Interventions, and Policy Implications for the Field of Home Visiting

· 12:00 - 1:15 p.m. EST
Health Visiting in the United Kingdom: What Can We Learn?

Fee: Free

For more information and to register click Register Here

American Sign Language online lessons

Description: Sign up to learn basic ASL through interactive lessons and start tracking your progress today!

Date and Time: Ongoing

Sponsor: Gallaudet University

Fee: Free


Krystal Davis

Human Services Program Consultant II

Division of Public Health, []Early Intervention Branch

NC Department of Health and Human Services

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February 8 - Debra Graham

February 12 - Maryam Griffin

February 17- Lori Persinger

February 27 - Angel Wallace

February 27- Malikata Blakey

Photo/Video Credits