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Progression Using an Active Learning Approach

Many of us find ourselves in a position of needing to explain or justify the use of an Active Learning approach with children and youth with sensory impairments and significant multiple disabilities.  Administrators, families, parents, teachers, and others may question whether or not this is a "valid" method.  Those of us who have used this method with a wide range of learners over the years are convinced of its efficacy, but how can we convey that to others?

The Penrickton Center for Blind Children has shared a series of a young boy named Jack, who was filmed over the course of approximately four years.  We have created a single video, so that you can watch his development during that time.  You will see him start out lying prone on a Resonance Board with a PVC pipe mobile over him, lying on a Support Bench, using a Little Room, being upright in a HOPSA Dress, and finally sitting up independently.  We are excited to see the progress he has made over the years!

Three photos of a young boy: first prone on a Resonance Board, then upright in a HOPSA dress, then sitting independently
A video clip from their local news station shows his mother talking about the difference she has seen in her son in using this approach.

Simple Ideas to Try at Home

Many of you told us how much you liked the homemade video we showed last month of a young boy using an Active Learning approach at home with a bathmat and gel beads.  This month we thought we'd share a couple more videos that his family made of simple ideas you can try at home.  Keep in mind that not all activities or materials are appropriate for all children, especially if they tend to put things in their mouths.  The videos include some caveats and suggestions of how you might modify these activities for others.  Many thanks to the Gardea family for sharing these videos!

The video on the left shows the boy, who has CVI and cerebral palsy, playing with a red mylar garland.  The video on the right shows the same boy prone on a beach chair in the backyard, exploring materials on a tray.
A boy lies over a beach chair and explores a tray of materials with both hands.

New Online Module Now Available!

We're happy to announce that our next online module is now available!  Register here.  We are always interested in feedback from people who take these modules, so please let us know your comments.

Join Our Next Webinar!

We are hosting a series of three study group webinars during the 2018-2019 school year for teachers, therapists, families, and anyone who is interested in learning more about Active Learning.  All of our webinars are free, but you must register for each individual session.  They will be recorded and archived on our site for viewing at a later date.  You can watch them later for delayed viewing credit.

January 24, 2019:  Constructive Play 

This is the second of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut and Jessica McCavit, who are both Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Constructive Play for learners in the Preoperational Stage (starting at approximately at the developmental level of two years).
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4:00-5:00 EDT
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We welcome participants from around the world and will be happy to help you figure out what time it will be in your local area, should you wish to participate in the live broadcast.

April 18, 2019:  Oral Motor Activities

This is the third of a 3-part series presented by Patty Obrzut, who is the Assistant Director, as well as an Occupational Therapists at the Penrickton Center for Blind Children.  This session will focus on Oral Motor activities.
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