Vision Language Learning Communication: An Approach to AAC for Students with CVI

Collaboration means breaking down silos. During this tutorial, two professionals, a speech-language pathologist and a vision educator, will discuss current challenges facing children with CVI who use AAC approaches and the professionals and family members who live and work with them. Frameworks will be introduced that may help teams organize interventions across multiple domains, over time and improve the outcomes of these children.  Learners will earn 1.5 Professional Development Points, ACVREP, CTLE, or Continuing Education credits, or .15 ASHA CEUs after completion/passing of the tutorial.

Learning Goals and Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • List reasons why interprofessional approaches to language, learning, communication and participation need to be grounded in evidenced-based, ongoing assessments of functional vision.
  • Identify components of two frameworks (Roman-Lanzy, 2018, 2019) designed to support professionals and family members in addressing  communication/language access needs over time and across contexts.
  • Discuss an ongoing research project that presenters are engaged in to (1) identify current gaps in training in CVI and AAC and (2) document retrospectively outcomes and trajectories across domains of students with CVI and severe speech and language impairments at The Bridge School.

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Meet the Presenters

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Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.
Teacher of the Visually Impaired; Research Associate; Assistant Professor; Author; Director, The Pediatric View Program at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
Christine Roman Lantzy has Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education, and Visual Impairment. She is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and has a Master’s Degree in Medically Fragile, High Risk Infants. Her Ph.D. focused on Cortical Visual Impairment and Infancy. Christine Roman Lantzy was a teacher of the visually impaired in the public schools for 17 years. She worked as a research associate and an Assistant Professor in higher education for 17 years and was an infant developmental specialist associated with the NICU and Follow Up for 31 years at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Christine Roman Lantzy is The Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and provides private CVI services through CVI Resources. Christine provides workshops and consultations through CVI Resources and has had the honor to be invited to all parts of The United States and many countries outside The U.S. She is the author of Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention (2007, Second Ed. 2018, Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles,2019).

Dr. Sarah Blackstone and Dr. Roman-Lantzy have been paid by Perkins to develop and present this course.

They have no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

ASHA Approved Provider

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.

This workshop is offered for .15 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional area).

March 7, 2019 - March 7, 2019
Approximately one hour
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 CTLE
.15 ASHA
$55 - Earn Credits