NC ELSSP-VI Newsletter

June 2019

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

Contents

Amazing Kids -Staff

LL Cool Tips - Lori Bartram & Lori Persinger

Sensory Mats- Pam Bye

Where Are They Now- Pam Bye

Winston Salem Beeping Egg Hunt - Pam Bye

Professional Development Opportunities- Lin Causey

Calendar

Staff Birthdays for April

Photo/Video Credits

Amazing Kids

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Charlotte is enjoying pressing a switch to turn on the light box to see brightly colored eggs.

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Sensory Mats

A big thank you to Becky Prohaska who made some awesome sensory mats for me and my students! Becky enjoys quilting and has been making sensory mats for people of all ages in the High Point area community. She used good color contrast, visually stimulating materials, various sound producing toys and noise makers, a variety of textures, manipulatives, etc. Becky listened to our suggestions for sensory mats for our children with CVI and children who are totally blind. She added her own creativity to these beautiful mats and even created some themed mats! Becky has offered to make sensory mats for other teachers in our program. She will use her materials unless you want to mail specific materials to her. She only asks that you pay for shipping for the completed mats to be mailed to you. Thank you Becky Prohaska for these amazing sensory mats that our students are enjoying so much! You have had a positive impact on our students with their sensory exploration and learning!

If you are interested in Becky making some sensory mats for you and your students, please contact her at:quiltingrats99@hotmail.com

Where Are They Now? - Pam Bye

I was so excited to see one of my former students at our Winston Salem beeping egg hunt last month. His mother was talking to me about how early intervention VI services had such a positive impact on his life and his mother sent this to me:


“Born at 24 weeks, 4 months in the NICU, blind with no light perception, mild to moderate autism, and intellectual delay- these are facts about my son Drew- but in no way do they define him. He is a dynamic, happy, personable 18 year old who is participating in the occupational course of study at R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. As his visual loss was detected before he left the hospital, early VI intervention began as soon as he was discharged home. Having an expert help encourage him to explore the world, explain what he was missing and help train our family in how to offer Drew what he needed was priceless. Drew maintained his fearless nature and began exploring due to his natural curiosity. Tactile exposures were used to build a base of knowledge with Drew. Today he has learned to read grade 2 braille; music braille so he can play the trumpet in the school band; and navigate iPhones, iPads and computers. He enjoys school and his job training opportunities. A former teacher recently confided in me that based on his early years, she would have never guessed that Drew would have developed all the skills that he has today. We credit early VI intervention as one of the meaningful resources that helped him grow into the amazing son we have today. Thank you!”

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Winston Salem Beeping Egg Hunt

On May 11th, 2019, we had our Winston-Salem Beeping Egg Hunt at Reynolda Village. Our students and their families enjoyed a variety of activities including a musical instrument exploration station, crafts, face painting, games, small petting zoo and of course, finding the beeping eggs. Thank you Angie Swaim, with the Winston-Salem Police Department Bomb Squad, for coordinating this awesome event! Everyone who attended the event loved it!
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LL Cool Tech Tool Tips

Sounding Board App By: Able Net

Wow, a free communication board app! Take a look at this video to learn more about the Sounding Board APP by ABLENET. This app has so many features, take a look.
https://youtu.be/gHZS0EOTiuY

Professional Development Opportunities

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Early Head Start (EHS):

· Home Visiting Series:

Home Visiting Series: Facilitating Parent-Child Interaction in Home-Based Programs

This FREE training is the first training of the series and is now on demand. It does not offer a certificate upon completion, so to receive IT credit the individual should attach the following to their “NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development” form:

Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training;

A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and

A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.

· 6/11/19 Home Visiting Series: Reflective Practice in Home-Based Programs, FREE

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Ounce of Prevention

· 6/11/19, Understanding Substance Abuse through the Family Lens

This webinar complements Challenges in Home Visiting: Substance Abuse self-paced course.

· 6/26/19, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

This webinar complements the Domestic Violence in Home Visitingself-paced course.

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Child Safety Network:

· Infant Safe Sleep: Reducing Sleep-Related Infant Death

This FREE training is now on demand. It does not offer a certificate upon completion, so to receive IT credit the individual should attach the following to their “NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development” form:

Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training;

A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and

A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.

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8/23/19: Wake County Young Child Mental Health Collaborative Training Series-Building Child-Caregiver Relationships through CARE (Morrisville)

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PESI, Inc.:

Ongoing: Picky Eaters vs Problem Feeders vs Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID) Digital Seminar

Ongoing: Sensory Integration & 'Smart' Treatment Strategies: When Formal Testing Isn't Possible Video Module

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Ongoing: We Are All In This Together: Sharing Difficult Information With Families In Early Intervention Part I & II Webinar, Free

The approved source does not offer a certificate upon completion, the individual should attach the following to their “NC ITP Documentation of Continuing Professional Development” form:

Available slides, handouts, documents, and other training materials associated with the training;

A statement about how the training supports evidence-based practices for infants and toddlers; and

A write-up of how you will apply the information learned from the training in your work.

Calendar

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Birthdays

Maria Cobeo- June 29

Photo/Video Credits

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NC ELSSP-VI Staff