Exceptional Learners and Exceptional Instruction Series Agenda

 7:30-8 a.m.

 Registration and Check-in

8–10 a.m.

Understanding Cortical Vision
Janet Salek, MS
Teacher of the Vision Impaired

Various characteristics of Cortical Vision
Impairment will be discussed, and
participants will have the opportunity to
experience various types of vision loss.


10–10:15 a.m.


10:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Hearing Loss and Dual Sensory
Toni Hollingsworth, MS
Director of MS Deaf-Blind Project

Strategies for teaching young
students with hearing loss and
dual sensory impairment will be
discussed. Participants will also
receive information regarding
resources for students with dual
sensory impairments.


12:15–1:15 p.m.


Working Lunch—Forum
with Presenters

Presenters will talk with attendees
regarding specific issues that may
arise when teaching young children
with a variety of sensory impairments
and needs.

1:15–2 p.m.



Increasing Participation Through
Positioning and Tactile Input
Judy Prehn, PT, DSc, PCS
Board Certified Clinical Specialist in
Pediatric Physical Therapy

Optimal positioning for learning will
be discussed. Participants will learn
how to increase learning opportunities
through different positioning techniques.
In addition, presenters will discuss
facilitating movement and different
postures for students to access visual,
auditory and other sensory experiences.


2–2:15 p.m.


2:15–3 p.m.

Feeding Challenges in the Special
Needs Population
Monica Bridges, MHS, CCC-SLP
Sarah Rouse Myers, MS, CCC-SLP
The Children’s Center for Communication
and Development

Factors to address before beginning
feeding therapy will be discussed.
Participants will learn how to modify the
environment and implement treatment
strategies for a successful feeding


3–3:30 p.m.

Q & A with Submitted Questions

3:30 p.m.

Evaluations and Dismissal



Commandments of Early Intervention Professionals

Communication Bill of Rights

Considerations of and Indicators for  Children Who are Hearing Impaired or Deaf At-Risk for Vision Impairments

Considering the Needs of Students Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Deaf-Blind Population

Deaf-Blind Project

Screening for Vision

National Network for Childcare