Friday, October 21, 2011

Workshop-New Approaches to Longstanding Challenges

Professional Development Day

New Approaches to Longstanding Challenges

Join us for a FREE day of learning and connecting.


9:00 – 9:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast, Resource Tables, Welcome and Introductions

10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Morning Sessions

Multi-disciplinary Approaches to Mental Health Services Provided to Medically Complex Youth in DCFS Placement
Panel will discuss some case vignettes which demonstrate a cross disciplinary approach to working with youth and family members.
Junior Blind Panel: Barry Feinberg, LCSW, Corina Casco, LCSW, Monica Martocci, LMFT, and Jackie Prophett, RN

Benefits of Using the Apple iPad in Helping Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities Develop Communication Skills
A discussion of the research on language development in visually impaired/multi- disabled children using the Apple iPad.
Presenter: Muriel Saunders, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas
Several recent articles feature Dr. Saunders and her work with iPads. In partnership with Junior Blind, the University of Kansas researcher found that children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) can learn to make better use of the vision they have using iPads. Early intervention services, like those provided by our Infant & Early Childhood Program are crucial to these children's development and this technology has been shown to help them develop the ability to better interpret images.
Click here to read the articles.

Hands-on with New and Updated Assistive Technology
A brief overview and demonstration of the MAC and IOS technologies followed by an opportunity for "hands-on" experience with new technologies and updated tools.
Junior Blind Panel: Stephanie Rood, Tom Lange, Mark Schafer and Les Subotnick

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

Medical Update – What's new in treatment of eye/vision concerns?
A description of new information about eye disease and treatment options for those affected.
Presenter: Dr. Kenneth Wright, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Teaching Cause and Effect: Learning with Adaptive Switches as a Prerequisite for Language Instruction
A discussion of the on-going research on the use of adaptive switches for cause and effect and their impact on language development, including the transition to speech.
Presenter: Richard Saunders Ph.D., Senior Scientist, University of Kansas

Abandonment of Assistive Technology in Visual Impairment Services
Examining potential causes and the impact of abandonment of technology. Discussion of potential solutions for creating a better experience for the user and savings in abandoned equipment for the purchasing agencies.
Junior Blind Presenter: Stephanie Rood

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Networking and Tours of Junior Blind

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 27, 2011 to Sarah Lopez at slopez@juniorblind.orgor (323) 290-6284. Please indicate workshop of choice for each session (morning and afternoon) and if a vegetarian lunch is preferred.

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