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Wednesday August 1st, 2018 1:00PM — 4:15PM
Thursday August 2nd, 2018 8:30AM — 4:30PM
Friday August 3rd, 2018 8:45AM — 12:00PM
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Great Start in Early Intervention: Focus on Young Children with Sensory Impairments and TBI

Great Start in Early Intervention: Focus on Young Children with Sensory Impairments and TBI

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Event Type: Conferences Conferences

Credit Type: Act 48 Clock Hour (12 hours) Infant/Toddler Staff Training HoursASHA (1.2 hours)

Registration Contact: Molly Martz, mmartz@pattan.net, 800-360-7282

Content Contact: Anne Gaspich, agaspich@pattan.net, 800-360-7282


This conference addresses service needs and programming for young children (birth-age 5) with sensory impairments, including deafness/hearing loss; deaf-blindness; blindness and visual impairments; complex needs and traumatic brain injury. The conference focuses on providing current information to increase the skills and knowledge of those living and working with these children. Topics to be discussed include methods of communication; literacy skill development; assessment; brain development; resources for parents and service providers; the role of the family in providing support; current technology and evidence-based practices for teaching children with sensory impairments and traumatic brain injury.


  • Explain the causes and effects of Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Children.
  • Explore the effect of visual impairment on a child’s development.
  • Identify key concepts and behaviors that parents of young children with hearing differences need to learn and demonstrate.
  • Explore strategies to help caregivers of young children with hearing differences learn and demonstrate key concepts and behaviors that promote their child’s communication skills.
  • Identify strategies that support successful family-centered early intervention as well as listening & spoken language outcomes for children with hearing loss
  • Explain the need for improved vocabulary development for children who are deaf/hard of hearing
  • Identify strategies that can be used to ensure a successful communication assessment of young children of hearing loss.
  • Explore strategies needed for establishing a solid receptive communication base so that symbols can be used expressively with meaning.
  • Describe why early childhood is critical to overall brain development.
  • Identify behavioral and educational outcomes of young children who experience Traumatic Brain Injury.

Target Audience

Parents, teachers, special instructors, speech and language clinicians, audiologists, paraprofessionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, consultants, service coordinators, and administrators working with young children with deafness and hearing loss, blindness, visual impairment, deaf-blindness, and traumatic brain injury

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Early Intervention


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Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Linda Rhine, at 800-360-7282, or lrhine@pattan.net.