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November 2018 News!
Happy November Everyone!
With the cool weather on its way, we will soon be spending more time inside trying to keep warm. So, I thought I would share some of my favorite archived NCDB webinars with you all. I hope you take time over the next few months to check out the following and find them helpful.
A Parent’s Story - In this 90-minute presentation, Myrna Medina, Family Engagement Specialist at California Deafblind Services and mother to a son, Norman, with deaf-blindness, tells her family's story, including:
- Their experiences as they encountered situations common to all families of children with special needs
- Their interactions with service systems (early intervention, school, transition) at different stages of Norman's life
- Grief and other emotions they experienced and how they were able to cope and move forward
The presentation is also available in Spanish.
Educational Considerations for Students with Usher Syndrome - The contents of this webinar are in two parts. In Part 1, the presenters give an overview of Usher syndrome, knowing what it means for a child, and first steps in creating an educational program. In Part 2, they go into a deeper discussion about individualized education plans (IEPs), accommodations, and modifications. They talk about specially designed instruction, who should be on a child’s educational team, the importance of smooth transitions, and adult services. Throughout the two-part series, Carly Fredericks and Patti McGowan, both parents of children with Usher syndrome, and Nancy O’Donnell, Director of the USH Trust Registry, share personal stories and informative resources.
Two-Part Webinar Series: Laying the Foundation for Communication Exchange - This two-part series, presented by Susan M. Bashinski, Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator at Missouri Western State University, is intended for families and professionals. Part 1 provides a rationale for the argument that all learners communicate—not that they can learn to communicate, but that they already do. The presenter discusses the importance of meeting a child where he or she is and consistently responding to behavior in a predictable way. Part 2 introduces the Communication Matrix assessment as a way for teams to measure communication skills and presents specific strategies to use at home and school to facilitate the development of conventional, intentional communication.
It is my hope that over the next few months, you take time to enjoy and learn from these wonderful resources. ENJOY!