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A position board made of white pegboard with items suspended from it.

Selecting Materials for a Position Board


Before beginning the design process for a position board, it is important to begin with an assessment of the student, such as the Functional Scheme Assessment.  Other assessment tools, such as the Sensory Learning Kit (SLK) from APH may also be helpful.  In addition, it is essential for the team to review the learner's preferences, using a tool such as the Active Learning Materials and Activities Planning Sheet.  This includes information about the learner's likes and dislikes, as well as the use of each sensory channel.  A sample form is also available.

Position Board Case Study - Design

 Demonstration of position board

Description: Sara Kitchen, TSBVI Education Consultant, describes the materials used in the design of a position board, as they relate to a student's preferences and learning goals.

Sara demonstrates a position board she has designed for a 10-year-old girl who has CVI and CP, and a rare genetic syndrome. This girl has a range of handskills, including scratching, pulling, bringing things to her mouth, opening and closing, and taking things out of containers. She likes vibration, chewing on toys and mouthing things, pushing buttons on cause and effect items, throwing, high-pitched sounds, lights, movement, water, taking out, pulling apart. According to her Functional Scheme Assessment, her fine motor skills are in the 3-6 month range.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)


Position Board Case Study - Implementation

Student exploring items on a position board


Description: Observation video of student using the position board designed to meet her preferences and learning goals.

Downloads: Transcript (txt) Audio (mp3)

Two images of wall-mounted position boards

Find out how to make your own position board!

To learn more about how to select and match materials to an individual learner's needs, please watch our webinar from September 2017.

Join us for our 5-part Active Learning Study Group!

These webinars will focus on a variety of topics, such as setting up a classroom and schedule, choosing materials, addressing the student with CVI, using Active Learning with older students and information on research related to Active Learning. Various guest speakers will be a part of this year’s presentations. 
4 children on support benches playing in a tub of balls

Penrickton Center for Blind Children, Perkins School for the Blind, and Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired will host this series of five webinars on Active Learning, an instructional approach developed by Dr. Lilli Nielsen.

The series will run through the 2017-18 school year and participants are encouraged to join in each of the sessions, in order to ensure continuity. All of the webinars will be recorded and archived, so that they can be viewed at a later date.  YOU MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY FOR EACH SESSION.

Our next session on November 30 will focus on using Active Learning with older learners.

Session 2:  November 30, 2017
Session 3:  January 25, 2018
Session 4:  March 29, 2018
Session 5:  May 17, 2018

All sessions will be held at the following times: 

4:00-5:00 -- Eastern
3:00-4:00 -- Central
2:00-3:00 -- Mountain
1:00-2:00 -- Pacific

This training event has been approved by the Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) and the State Board for Educator Certification based on the actual hours of the presentation not including breaks.
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