Sensorimotor Spotlight

Supporting Learners with Visual & Multiple Impairments

Collaborating with You...

Our team has been thrilled to share our work virtually with educators around the world this summer. We are passionate about utilizing routines-based instruction for learners with visual and multiple impairments. We have had a huge response from those wanting to continue this newsletter is for YOU! We plan to share resources, content, case studies, and tools that you can directly apply to your everyday work with learners.

Getting off on the Right Foot!

You love the idea of utilizing routines with your learners and want some tools to get you started right away?! The best place to start when creating an instructional routine for a sensorimotor learner is to find a motivating topic and baseline participation level. We love the Sensory Response Record from the Sensory Learning Kit found at American Printing House for the Blind. Here are some tools to get you started:
SLK Guidebook

American Printing House for the Blind is currently offering their SLK Guidebook for FREE download right now on their website!

Sensory Response Record Google Form

We LOVE a google form for collecting data from the Sensory Response Record. Please feel free to use our form... but make a copy first when prompted.

Family-Friendly Sensory Inventory

Distance Learning? You may be working closely with a parent to get information for a Sensory Response Record at home. We love this user-friendly form that can be filled out by a parent.

Determining Participation Level

As we begin a new school year in such uncertain times, determining our learner's present level is critically important. Learners may have had decreased participation in instructional activities over the spring and summer months. Changes in home life may be impacting alertness and participation levels. I encourage you to spend some time {face to face} or {virtually} observing your learner interact and engage with sensory materials.

How do you determine participation levels? Here are some quick definitions from the Sensory Learning Kit to help:

1. Extended States: Is your learner agitated? Sleeping? Self-Stimulating?

2. Attention: Is your learner engaged and paying attention?

3. Exploration: Is your learner using their body to explore objects in any way? This can be touching, shaking banging, mouthing, moving cheek against, etc.

4. Function: Is your learner showing you they understand the purpose of an object? Ex: Ring a bell, throw a ball, turn on music player, etc.

When you figure out which level your learner is primarily participating at right now, you know where to start and where to go next. Our team gets excited about helping our learners "graduate" from one level to another. We can't wait to hear how yours do too.


Routines Based Instruction, Collaboration in the School and Home Settings

Do You Have a Case Study to Share?

Do you have a success story? Do you have an extremely challenging situation you'd like support with? Fill out our google form, and we may highlight your case study in a future newsletter.
We hope your year starts off well and are excited about sharing in the journey with you!

Stacey Chambers, TVI

Angela Campbell, Adapted PE Teacher

Allison Clark, PT

Wendy Pray, Active Learning Teacher

Millie Smith, Consultant for Learners with Visual and Multiple Impairments

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