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Millie Smith
Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Multiple Disabilities – with or without Deaf-Blindness

Millie Smith is a retired Teacher for the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She subsequently worked as a Consultant for the Texas Deaf-Blind Project as a Deaf-Blind Specialist. She has numerous published articles. She authored Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments A Resource Guide (Second Edition) and the Sensory Learning Kit. Millie has extensive background providing direct services to children with multiple disabilities including deaf-blindness. Her primary focus has been with children, developmentally aged birth through six. Even in retirement, she continues to present this topic for service providers and families across the country.
 

Title: Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Multiple Disabilites - With or Without Deafness: Brain and Arousal State
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Duration: 1:12:01
Link: http://dhsmedia.wi.gov/main/Viewer/?peid=9e02e7d698124fd5a30fbe99994342f6&autoStart=true
Description:
Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Multiple Disabilities – With or Without Deafblindness. Brain and Arousal States
Children deprived of rich and frequent sensory experiences develop brains 20% to 30% smaller than normal for their age. They suffer corresponding decreases in cognitive ability. Children with significant sensory impairment at birth are at risk in the area of cognitive development because, without intervention, the quantity and quality of their sensory experiences may be significantly diminished. They cannot access many of the ordinary sensory events in their environments. Those children most at risk are those with visual impairments, hearing impairments, severe motor impairments, and especially those with some combination of these impairments. If the sensory-motor experiences we provide are not designed carefully, they may be harmful to these students. If students experience stress as a result of an intervention provided by us, hormones are produced that inhibit memory function. Prolonged stress can actually break down neurological pathways in parts of the brain. Quality sensory events are those that result in learning for even the most severely impaired learner. A thorough understanding of the relationship of sensory processing and arousal states to learning is essential in order to design activities that meet the unique needs of learners. In this session, participants will learn about the Brain and Arousal States – Many of our children with additional disabilities have neurological implications. Understand how those neurological implications impact student learning. Understand the basic levels of arousal and how neurology impacts arousal levels and what you can do to enhance learning by getting children “ready to learn,” getting them and keeping them in a state that nurtures learning.

 

Title: Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Multiple Disabilites - With or Without Deafness: Routines
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Duration: 1:02:51
Link: http://dhsmedia.wi.gov/main/Viewer/?peid=3b322bca2c9f47f1afc254890d9379fa&autoStart=true
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Description:
This session will build from what participants learned in Part I (see abstract). Part II will focus on
Routines – Routines are one of the easiest ways to embed new skills. Learn how to develop natural
routines that are easy to implement and easy to follow. Learn how to nurture and encourage partial
participation in activities so the child learns to become “part of” the activity and not “done to.” The
Sensory Learning Kit is a great way to begin implementing routines in a child’s daily schedule.

 

Title: Effective Strategies for Working with Children with Multiple Disabilites - With or Without Deafness: The SLK
Date: Thursday, March 10, 2011
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Duration: 1:17:14
Link: http://dhsmedia.wi.gov/main/Viewer/?peid=38a824f5e0bd44d7858d19fb6e24100f&autoStart=true
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Description:
This session will allow participants an opportunity to explore the "Sensory Learning Kit" and see how
it can be used with their students. This kit is for use in the development of skills for learners with the
most significant challenges. This kit offers an extensive set of sensory items and written materials that
help the most significantly challenged learners increase their curiosity and develop specific skills.
Tools in this kit may be used to help create daily schedules, lesson plans, and alternative assessments
for play or functional routines.

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