The Early Connections Virtual Conference is designed for families of children with visual impairment, birth to 7 years old, and the professionals who support them. The event has historically helped families connect, talk to experts and learn new skills to apply at home and in the classroom to help each child reach their full potential. For many participants, it is their first step on their journey as a family living with visual impairment and additional disabilities. In May 2021, the virtual Early Connections Conference at Perkins School for the Blind made it possible for families and educators from around the world to convene for a day of in-depth discussions.
Perkins eLearning is pleased to participate in this annual event by providing recordings from the event in our Watch & Learn Library, and offering them for professional development credits.
Keynote: I Can do Hard Things with Rachel Bennett, M.Ed., CVI Certificate, Content & Community Manager at CVI Now
Topic: “Early Intervention Today” with Dr. Linda Lawrence, Pediatric Ophthalmologist and consultant at the Kansas State School for the Blind
Topic: “Infant Toddler Tele-health” with Teri Turgeon, M.Ed., Head of the Infant Toddler Program and Brenda Allair, M.Ed., TVI, Infant Toddler Coordinator, Community Programs at Perkins School for the Blind
Topic: “Total Communication for Young Deafblind Learners” with Megan Connaughton, M.Ed. and Amanda Toczylowski, M.Ed., teachers in the Deafblind Preschool Program at Perkins School for the Blind
paired with Topic: “Active Learning” with Theresa Johnson, OT, MSOT, OTR, Occupational Therapist in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind
Topic: “Cortical/Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI): Addressing Visual Skill Development Within Play-based Activities and Natural Routines” with Marguerite Tibaudo, M.Ed., TVI, Deafblind Specialist, CVI Certificate, Assistant Director, CVI Now at Perkins School for the Blind
Topic: “Feeding & Mealtime Considerations” with Elizabeth Torrey, Speech and Language Pathologist, Assistant Education Director at the Early Learning Center and Lower School at Perkins School for the Blind
Topic: “Parent Partnerships: Understanding the Visual Behaviors of CVI” with Ellen Mazel, M.Ed., TVI, Deafblind Specialist, Director, CVI Now at Perkins School for the Blind
Length of time to complete: approximately one hour