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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 
  • 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.
    IDEAS, TIPS, & LINKS —
  • THROUGH THE YEAR:
  • 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… 
    • Story Box for Sam’s Winter Hat book (6th activity on page) — 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… 
  • February:
  • SPRING:
  • March/April:
    • Seasonal Tactile Book Ideas — Five Green Shamrocks (2nd activity on page) — click here… 
    • Seasonal Tactile Book Ideas — Kite Flying (3rd activity on page) — click here… 
    • National Poetry Month (April) – Inspirational poetry for youth with sensory impairments and disabilities — click here… 
    • Honoring Earth Day — click here… 
  • May/June:
  • SUMMER:
    • 36 Fun Summer Activities for Kids Who Are Blind or Multiply Disabled — click here… 
    • Summer Outdoor Activities — click here… 
    • Ideas to Engage Students with Significant Multiple Disabilities in Activities During the Summer Holidays (e.g., tips for summer themed sensory trays, art projects, books, music, toys…) — click here… 
    • Smoothies — Classroom- and Community-Based Experience — click here…
    • Story Box for Way Down in the Deep Blue Sea book (10th activity on page) — click here… 
    • Cross Curricular Planning — Seaside — click here… 
    • Building Literacy Skills through Family Field Trips — click here… 
  • July/August:
  • FALL:
  • September: 
    • 25 Back-to-School Ideas from Paths to Literacy — click here… 
    • Teaching Fire Safety — click here… 
    • Adapting the book If you Take a Mouse to School for students with CVI — click here… 
    • Story Box for Mouse Loves School book (1st activity on page) — click here… 
    • Story Box for Sometimes I Like to Curl Up in a Ball book (2nd activity on page) — click here… 
  • October: 
  • November: 
  • December: 
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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