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April 2019 News!
Happy April Everyone!
Spring is often the time when teams begin meeting to prepare for student transitions in the fall. Making good decisions about goals and priorities starts with addressing the interests and skills of the child and the hopes of their families. The following resources can help guide you towards defining goals for a loved one:
Charting the Life Course Tools (CtLC)- The Charting the LifeCourse Framework was created to help individuals of all abilities and ages and their families develop a vision for a good life, think about what they need to know and do, identify how to find or develop supports, and discover what it takes to live the lives they want to live. Individuals and families may focus on their current situation and stage of life, but may also find it helpful to look ahead to think about life experiences that will help move them toward an inclusive, productive life in the future.
HomeTalk: A Family Assessment of Children who are Deaf-BlindPDF - HomeTalk is an assessment tool for parents and care providers of children who are deaf-blind. Its purpose is to help families participate in planning their child’s educational program. Parents and care providers have the best opportunities observe their child at home and in the community. HomeTalk can provide a broad picture of a child’s skills, special interests, and personality that can be shared with an educational team and incorporated into IEP goals.
Reach for the Stars: Planning for the Future - This guidebook helps families plan positive transitions for young children with disabilities. Service providers can use the material to understand a family's desires and expectations regarding their child's future.
Finally, I wanted to make you aware of the fact that the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation just completed their 2018-19 Webinar Wednesday Learning Series. All the webinars can be found on their website. Whether you have a family member with CHARGE or not, these webinars are packed with helpful ideas for families and educators and I strongly encourage you to take a peek.
Hoping the change to spring is offering everyone a chance to be outdoors relishing family, friends, and nature!