When the pandemic hit in March 2020 and schools and programs closed, we needed to reimagine what our Infant Toddler Program would look like and how we would continue to successfully serve children and families across Massachusetts.
Leveraging a pilot program, developed the year before, we worked to quickly pivot and scale the pilot into a statewide program. Early on, we partnered with a neutral third party data collector because we wanted the opportunity to reflect back on our effectiveness and work to ensure a way to incorporate this remote model of parent coaching into our practices moving forward, as well as move our parent child groups into virtual parent groups, enabling us to serve more families from geographical areas often unable to access Perkins on campus programming.
Participants/attendees will learn what the early pilot was based on, the efforts to scale the program, what parents say about the experience and what our data has shown us. They will view video samples of home visiting remotely and learn the key elements to a parent coaching methodology.
As we hopefully move back to an in person resumption of home visiting soon in Early Intervention, learn how these new methods will be with us in our practice and will now be an integral part of our Infant-Toddler program.
How can I sign up for the virtual parent support groups that were mentioned?
You can contact our social workers at: [email protected] or [email protected]. We are also offering a 5-week parent education course for families 0-3 on CVI.
Are there opportunities for parents to connect after their child graduates from the infant-toddler program?
We are thinking about having an Alumni Picnic Day, bringing back past families. Families also stay connected via the Early Connections Conference each year.
What is the best contact info for Perkins after a child turns 3, to get connected with Perkins for resources?
Please contact me at [email protected].
Are there programs at Perkins for children over the age of 3yrs who are not enrolled at Perkins?
Generally, no. But there are events that parents may be interested in attending. These include the Beeping Easter Egg Hunt, Holiday concerts open to the public, and professional development provided to parents and school teams through Perkins eLearning. Parents and school teams are always welcome to visit Perkins to see classroom spaces and all of the “best practices” in place for the educational needs of students who are blind and visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities.
On the Gabe Builds a Tower slide, please share how 2 views were accomplished, describe how it was set up by adults to capture.
Both of Gabe’s parents were able to log in to a Zoom link using both their laptop and their phone or tablet. They muted one device to prevent feedback, and set them up as directed by the teacher. This allowed her to see different areas of Gabe’s visual field. Prior to the session, the teacher sent detailed information about the assessment to the family.