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Click on the links below to explore information and resources
that have been a part of CBSS Training & Outreach activities.
“Apps” — iPads and Other Handheld Technology Devices 
Behavior (Positive Behavior Supports)
Calendar Systems
  • What: Calendar Systems (sometimes called “Anticipation Boxes” or “Object Calendars”) are a recommended modification for children with deaf-blindness. A calendar system typically involves a device (e.g., a wall calendar, a box with compartments), as well as meaningful objects or symbols that represent activities or events.
  • Why: Children benefit from structure and from being able to anticipate schedules and events. Calendar systems provide a structured and meaningful way for children with deaf-blindess to clarify everything from “what is happening now” and “what will happen next” to concepts such as “beginning, middle, and end” and “before, after, now, and later.” This can facilitate communication development, abstract concepts of time, general vocabulary, and also a sense of security for the child who learns to anticipate what is going to happen now, next, and later.
  • Link: Calendar Systems — NCDB Resource page here…
  • Links: from the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired —
  • Article: Benefits of Calendar Systems… by Robbie Blaha here…
  • Article: What, Why, and How… by Robbie Blaha here…
  • Video: How to Make a Calendar Box by Scott Baltisberger here…
  • Book: Calendars for Students with Multiple Impairments Including Deafblindness by Robbie Blaha here…
Cochlear Implant Study (CICDB)
Cochlear Implants for Children with Deaf-Blindness
Common Core, Curriculum, Assessment, & Testing
Communication 
Disability Perceptions & Sensitivity Training
Deafness, Blindness, Deaf-blindness & More 
Feeding 
Financial Aid & ScholarshipsScholarships & Education Resources
Hand Under Hand (& the importance of hands & “touch”)
NEW SECTION!
Holiday & Seasonal Tips — Educational & Recreational
IDEAS, TIPS, & LINKS —
  • What & Why: Educational and recreational tips and links for families and providers working with students who have sensory impairments — from unit and lesson plan ideas to arts and crafts ideas, to games and plain fun — to foster both development and a celebration of life!
  • Shared Link Info: Connections Beyond Sight and Sound reviews and shares approved links to other organizations (e.g., Paths to Literacy website, Teaching Children with Visual impairment website, NCDB website, Perkins website… ).
  • Sharing Your Ideas: If you have a link suggestion, or an activity or resource to share, please e-mail our Universal TA Specialist, Dr. Jeni Stepanek at DrJeni2008@gmail.com.
  • THROUGH THE YEAR:
    • Monthly Tactile Calendar — click here… 
    • Creating a Calendar with Students with Multiple Disabilities — click here… 
    • Story Boxes: Literacy Adaptations for Students Who Are Deafblind (Paths to Literacy) — click here… 
    • Easy to Create Story Boxes — Ten Ideas for Ten Months — click here… 
    • Fun Activities for Blind and Visually Impaired Children (Pinterest page) — click here… 
    • Themes and Holiday Ideas (Pinterest page) — click here… 
    • Party Planning & Sensory Play for children with visual impairments — click here… 
  • WINTER & January:
    • Snowman Soup (1st activity, top of page) — click here… 
    • Hot Chocolate Cones (2nd activity, lower on page) — click here… 
    • Adaptive PE and the book The Mittenclick here… 
    • Story Box for All You Need for a Snowman book — click here… 
    • Just a Snowy Day book — click here… 
    • Winter-themed Activities in a Preschool Classroom – Hot & Cold (1st activity on page) — click here… 
    • Winter-themed Activities in a Preschool Classroom – Making Ice Cubes (2nd activity on page) — click here… 
    • Winter-themed Activities in a Preschool Classroom – Mittens (3rd activity on page) — click here… 
    • Winter-themed Activities in a Preschool Classroom – Hibernation (4th activity on page) — click here… 
NEW TOPIC/RESOURCE!
Informal Functional Hearing Evaluation (IFHE)
This product was released March 2017!

 

Interveners — Services & Training
Literacy
NEW SECTION!
Memory
NEW SECTION!
Proprioceptive & Vestibular Senses
Recreation & Leisure
(includes Toys, Gifts, Parties, Outdoors, Summer Camp…)
Touch (The “First Sense”)
Transition (& Transition Planning)
van Dijk’s Child-Guided Assessment 

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