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Posted Apr 12, 2017|Archived Webinar

2017 National Webinar: Identifying Learner Preferences and Utilizing Results in Designing Instructional Communication Programs

Recorded April 12, 2017

This webinar focused on a discussion of the importance for teams who work with learners who experience deaf-blindness and additional disabilities to consider and assess a learner’s sensory preferences.  Implications of findings from preference assessments for instructional design, particularly the design of communication programs, were addressed.

The webinar began with a presentation and analysis of a case study of a learner who experiences deaf-blindness, severe intellectual disability, and physical challenges.  This included a demonstration of ways in which an educational team might incorporate personal preferences in the design of early receptive and expressive communication instruction.  The presenters also provided suggestions for ways to appropriately adapt research-based preference assessments for learners who experience dual sensory losses and guidelines for determining the type of information educational team members might gather from such assessments.  Strategies for instructional programming to support a learner’s communication development with his/her preferences in mind concluded the session. 

This webinar is apart of a larger series called NCDB Professional Development Webinar Series: Research in Deaf-Blindness.

Webinar Resources

Presenter Information

Dr. Sarah Ivy is an Assistant Professor in the School of Teacher Education, with the Visual Disabilities Program, at Florida State University.  She serves as PI on a research investigation establishing home-school partnerships to develop and implement preference-based routines.  She received her PhD in August 2014 from Vanderbilt University while she was a fellow of the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities. Dr. Ivy’s research focuses on teaching interventions for communication and skill development for children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment. 

Dr. Susan M. Bashinski is an Associate Professor of Special Education and Director of Graduate Programs in Education at Missouri Western State University.  She has 40 years of experience working with learners who experience multiple disabilities, including deaf-blindness and has directed numerous federal and state grants in low-incidence disabilities and deaf-blindness in the areas of personnel preparation, research, model in-service training, and assistive technology. Her research interests and areas of expertise include early communication, gestural communication, and language development; CHARGE syndrome; augmentative communication; and cochlear implants, with numerous publications and presentations related to these topics.