Shining Light Conference: Using Play with Students with Visual Impairments to Develop Orientation, Mobility & Literacy Skills

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Tanni Anthony, PhD

Dr. Tanni Anthony is the Director of the Access, Learning, and Literacy Team of the Exceptional Student Leadership Unit within the Colorado Department of Education. She serves as the State Consultant on Visual Disabilities and the Project Director of the Colorado Services for Children and Youth with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss.  Dr. Anthony received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in the area of Child and Family Studies. She is a certified teacher of students with visual impairments, low vision therapist, and orientation and mobility specialist. She presents frequently on the topics of sensory disabilities in the early years and working with children and youth with sensory and additional disabilities.


February 9, 2017

​Registration 7:30AM-8:00AM           Class: 8:00AM-4:30PM

​Day One - Learning to Move: Moving to Learn


Description: Sensorimotor learning is foundational to the very young child.  Information will be shared on the qualitative and quantitative effects of early onset blindness/low vision/CVI  upon the developing child’s social-emotional, cognitive, play, and motor development.  Early attention to the impact of early onset visual impairment upon these developmental domains will be detailed. The use of play-based interventions will be highlighted.This class is designed for ANYONE who works with young children who are blind or have other visual impairments such as CVI or low vision.  Additionally, the strategies and tools discussed will be beneficial to ANY student with moderate to significant disabilities.

Objectives: Participants will:

1)    Understand the common early orientation and motor / movement development challenges (what and why) typically facing the young child who is blind/visually impaired and/or with other significant impairments.

2)    Identify the types of play that young children experience between the ages of birth through six years of age.

3)    Select age-appropriate play-based interventions to facilitate the self-initiated and expanded / refined motor development.


February 10, 2017

Registration: 7:30AM-8:00AM            Class: 8:00AM-3:45PM

Day Two:  All for Literacy: Literacy for All!

Description: The National Association for the Education of Young Children and National Early Literacy Panel both provide clear guidance on the importance and key elements of emergent literacy development in young children.  Research supports four broad fundamental tenets of emergent literacy skill development in order for children to move forward to conventional literacy.  These components include oral language development, phonological awareness, print/braille concepts that include alphabetic awareness, and background knowledge /concept development.  Each of these areas can be influenced by early onset visual impairment to varying degrees.

The session will highlight the following: (a) national recommendations for emergent literacy support to young children, (b) key strategies that enhance emergent literacy concept and skill development specifically for young children who are blind/visually impaired and/or have a other significant impairments, and (c) national emergent literacy resources and support tools.

Objectives:  Participants will:

1. To review national targets for early literacy instruction of very young children.

2. To detail strategies to support emergent literacy in the areas of oral language development, phonological awareness, print/braille concepts that include alphabetic awareness, and background knowledge /concept development.

3. To identify key resources to support emergent literacy development of young children with blindness/visual impairment.  


Continuing Education: PT, OT, & SLP CEU's pending

ACVREP has been requested and approved through OK AER.

If you select to buy a boxed lunch and have any dietary restrictions, please email Rachel Mouton.

If you need assistance with registration or need to pay via a check or purchase order, please email Rachel Mouton.

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