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OCDBE Professional Learning Webinar Series

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January 14-June 10, 2021
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Timothy Hartshorne
Two Buildings Organization Agency
Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

This 6-session professional learning series covers a variety of topics of interest to educators and parents. All sessions will be held from 4:00 to 5:00 pm ET.

See the OCDBE Professional Learning Series Flyer for more information. 


January 14 - Anticipation 

What are you looking forward to? What do you have to get done in the meantime? We are very conscious of the passage of time. But a child who is deafblind may experience confusion about time and what is going to happen next. That uncertainty can be a major source of anexiety. Calendar systems are an essential tool for helping a child who is deafblind manage his/her/their understanding and use of time. Session 1 registration.

February 4 - Self-regulation

Life is a lot about setting goals and accomplishing them. But this takes some degree of self-regulation. We have to stay motivated, focused, calm, and mindful. These are skills children learn incidentally as they develop, but children who are deafblind do not learn incidentally and must be taught. This presentation addresses strategies for teaching skills for self-regulation. Session 2 registration.

March 11 - Diagnosis 

How do mental health diagnoses like autism help the child (do they)? It is not unusual for a child with deafblindness to acquire a number of different diagnoses including mental health diagnoses such as autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, Tourette’s, and more. How do these diagnoses help, and how might they not help the child? Session 3 registration.

April 8 - Counseling Parents: Issues Parents Face and What Counselors Miss

We all know people who “get it” and many who do not “get” what our lives as parents of children who are deafblind are like. And if we decide to seek counseling for some of the issues we are confronting, what is the chance that the counselor will have a clue. This presentation addresses what counselors should understand. Session 4 registration.

May 20 - Siblings: How Will They Do and What Are Their Issues? 

Some claim that the siblings of children who are deafblind will be just fine, while others insist they are inevitably messed up. The truth is that all outcomes are possible. But what do we know about these siblings? This presentation will discuss what we know. Session 5 registration.

June 10 - Taming the Wolves and the Parent from Hell 

Have you ever marched to the school to be the parent from hell when your child is not getting what they need? Is there any other choice at times like those? This presentation describes six situations that drive parents to be hellions. It also describes six actions that schools can take to avoid having to be tamed by parents. Session 6 registration.