Teaching Strategies for Students Who are Blind/VI with Multiple Disabilities in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development

Practical teaching strategies for students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in the sensorimotor stage of development. Learn about the Sensorimotor Stage of Development, the Van Dijk Approach, levels of learning in the Sensory Learning Kit and more.

Through lectures, videos, discussions, readings and case studies, participants will develop knowledge and skills which can be applied to their own students in the sensorimotor stage. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the unique needs of the students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities at the sensorimotor level of development and how these students can be taught meaningful routines which become a foundation for learning new concepts.

Course Objectives

As a result of the learning experiences in the course:

  • You will become more cognizant of:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the Sensorimotor Stage of Development.
    • Differentiate the five elements of the Van Dijk Approach.
    • Differentiate the five phases of Active Learning.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the four tactile strategies to be used with students who are visually impaired with multiple disabilities.
  • You will become better able to:
    • Create a comprehensive lesson plans for students at the Attention, Participation and Exploration Levels of learning that include IEP objectives.
    • Break down three different levels of learning as explained in the Sensory Learning Kit.
    • Create a comprehensive student-specific lesson plan for different appetite items.
  • You will become more competent in your ability to:
    • Assess a student using the Sensory Learning Kit.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of different types of stress students in the sensorimotor stage exhibit.

Required Text

Blaha, R. (2001). Calendars for students with multiple impairments including deafblindness. Austin, TX: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Chen, D., & Downing, J. (2006). Tactile strategies for children who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities: Promoting communication and learning skills. Lexington, KY: American Printing House for the Blind.      

How to earn Graduate Credits

You will have the opportunity to add 2 graduate credits to your registration for an additional $255.00 through  Fitchburg State University (Fitchburg, MA) . Instructions will be provided to registered participants two weeks before the start date.

Other Payment Options

Early Bird Pricing is in effect until May 23, 2022. To pay by Purchase Order, choose the Purchase Order option during checkout. Group rate applied automatically on orders of 3 seats or more. Contact us at [email protected] for any questions.


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Nathalie de Wit has been paid by Perkins to be the instructor for this class. She does not have nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Perkins School for the Blind is approved by the Continuing Education board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide continuing education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See the course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level, and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.

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ASHA CE Approved Provider

June 26, 2023 - August 13, 2023
Multiple weeks
2 Graduate
30 Continuing Education
30 Professional Development
3.9 ASHA
$375 - Early Bird
$400 - Regular Price