Family Events and Resources

A variety of virtual and in-person networking for the families of children registered with NEC. Learn about various topics and connect with other parents.

Marvin’s Adventure Story Time Series

You’re invited to join family story time, a family-only online space for story time and crafts! Each story time will feature 45 minutes of story and songs, followed by a 15-minute craft session.

Storytime is FREE and you will receive a box with all of the needed craft supplies and your very own Super Sparkle Rescue Dog and Marvin Doll! The program will be recorded and can be viewed at a different time once you are registered with the group.

Location: Virtual Zoom meeting and private Facebook Group

Spring Bike Event

Join other NEC families for an afternoon of adaptive biking.

Date: TBD Time: TBD

Day at the Zoo

Join other NEC families for an afternoon of fun and excitement at the Southwick’s Zoo.

Date: TBD Time: TBD

Professional Development

Teaching Children Who are Deafblind Series

A new module created by the National Center on Deafblindness that offers practical, need-to-know information essential for professionals working with children who are deafblind. This is a wonderful opportunity for teams and individual providers to learn how to implement key strategies in their day-to-day work in the classroom!

Facilitator: Maurice Belote, Deafblind Consultant.
Audience: TVIs, TODs, SLPs, OTs, PTs, Parents, Agency Personnel
Certificate provided for full attendance

Teaching Children Who Are Deafblind Series

Session 6: Bonding & Building Trusting Relationships

November 30, 2022 3:00 pm EDT to 4:30 pm EDT

Teaching Children Who Are Deafblind Series

Session 7: The Importance Of Peer Relationships

December 7, 2022 3:00 pm EDT to 4:30 pm EDT

Teaching Children Who Are Deafblind Series

Session 8: Wrap Up & Final Thoughts – Bringing It All Together To Promote Active Engagement

December 14, 2022 3:00 pm EDT to 4:30 pm EDT


PARA/INTERVENER TRAINING, NCDB OPEN HANDS OPEN ACCESS MODULES

Facilitator: Amanda Crayton

Paraprofessionals working with children who are deafblind need specialized training to support instruction and learning. Created by the National Center on Deafblindness (NCDB), the modules provide an overview of support strategies and also incorporate training for those wishing to continue additional training to become a certified Intervener through the NICE (National Intervener Certification E-Portfolio)

What is an Intervener? An intervener is a trained staff member who works one-on-one with a child who is deafblind to provide critical connections to other people and the environment. The intervener opens channels of communication between the child and others, provides access to information, and facilitates opportunities for learning and development.

The OHOA Training is designed to increase awareness, knowledge, and skills related to intervention for students (ages 3 through 21) who are DeafBlind. In addition, the NEC OHOA Training program helps participants identify effective strategies for children with whom they are currently working. The OHOA Training is a pathway to Intervener certification, and assignments completed during the course can be used for the NICE portfolio. Currently, there are several cohorts in process.

Audience: Paraprofessionals, Aides, Teacher Assistants working with DeafBlind students. Professionals interested in learning about the role and strategies Interveners use.

Fall 2022

New OHOA Group

Kickoff Meeting September 21, 2022 4:00 pm EDT to 5:00 pm EDT

September 23, 2022 – January 27, 2023 4:00 pm EDT to 5:00 pm EDT

● An Overview of DeafBlindness, the Sensory System, and Learning
● Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image
● The Role of an Intervener in Collaborative Teams
● Touch for Connection, Communication, and Learning

February 3, 2023 – June 16, 2023.

● Availability for Learning

● Routines, Concept Development, and Responsive Environments
● Calendars
● Intervener Strategies

Fall 2022

NICE Modules

Starting September 2022

Audience: Those who have previously completed modules and
want to pursue Intervener certification. This process requires the
collection of artifacts and the completion of a portfolio.

Portfolio Kickoff Meeting

September 14, 2022

4:00 pm EDT to 5:00 pm EDT


Professional learning community in deafblindness, virtual leadership series

Goals:
Contribute to and learn within an ongoing “Community of Practice” for providers working with children who are deafblind or at risk
Receive access to Deafblind Leadership Toolbox with resources and specific instructional content
Engage in collegial interaction and share among practitioners working with children and families
Receive individual coaching and support to develop and achieve professional goals and interpersonal skills connected to your current or future job placement
Develop leadership and consultation skills in deafblindness, related fields, and with local and state agencies
Develop and implement a Leadership Action Plan to address the needs of children and youth who are deafblind, their families, and service providers

Facilitators: Sulina Mohanty, Tracy Evans Luiselli, Kristen Layton-Campagna

*Attendance and Leadership Action Plan Required
*Certificate Provided Upon Successful Completion

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness, Virtual Leadership Series

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness

December 2, 2022 12:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm EDT

Topic: Prioritizing Time and Energy and Topics in Deafblindness

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness, Virtual Leadership Series

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness

January 13, 2022 12:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm EDT

Topic: Working Through Conflict & Practices in Deafblindness

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness, Virtual Leadership Series

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness

March 31, 2022 12:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm EDT

Topic: Maintaining a Positive Culture & Practices in Deafblindness

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness, Virtual Leadership Series

Professional Learning Community in Deafblindness

May 5, 2022 12:00 pm EDT to 3:00 pm EDT Onsite Optional

Topic: Leadership Action Plan Showcase


The Impact of Cancer Treatment in Children: Considerations for Sensory Assessment and Learning

Providers working with children who have had cancer treatment should be aware of potential neurodevelopmental issues. These sessions will outline the impact of cancer treatment on vision and hearing, and neurocognitive function.

The Impact of Cancer Treatment in Children: Considerations for Sensory Assessment and Learning

Cancer Treatment in Children: Associated Sensory Changes & Neurocognitive Function

Date: January 2023

Presenters: Matthew E. Fasano, Psy.D. & Rachel Landsman, Psy.D.

The Impact of Cancer Treatment in Children: Considerations for Sensory Assessment and Learning

Cancer Treatment in Children: Assessment Considerations

Date: February 2023

Presenters: Matthew E. Fasano, Psy.D. & Rachel Landsman, Psy.D.