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New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (505)859-0427 Julie Maner , COMS Loreta Martinez-Cargo , COMS Joanne Habelt , O&M Mark Carter , COMS mcarter@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us. Birth to Three Orientation and Mobility New Mexico Style AER Bellevue, WA.

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Birth to three orientation and mobility new mexico style aer bellevue wa

New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

(505)859-0427

Julie Maner, COMS

LoretaMartinez-Cargo, COMS

Joanne Habelt, O&M

Mark Carter, COMS

mcarter@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us

Birth to Three Orientation and Mobility New Mexico StyleAERBellevue, WA


Birth to three orientation and mobility new mexico style aer bellevue wa

  • NMSBVI INFANT TODDLER PROGRAM 2000 TO 2012

    Cindy Faris

    Program Coordinator

    (505)859-0427

    cfaris@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us


History

HISTORY

40 KIDS

IN 2000


There must be more kids

THERE MUST BE MORE KIDS

1997-98

Linda Lyle comes out to connect with EI staff


State collaboration

  • INCREASE COLLABORATION

  • IDENTIFY MORE KIDS WHO NEED VISION SERVICES

  • ANDY GOMM, (FIT) AND PAULA SAENEZ, (NAVAJO NATION) OFFERED SUPPORT AND COLLABORATION

STATE COLLABORATION

JOINING WITH A SYSTEM OF STATE SERVICES


Negotiations

  • VISION SCREENING

  • IDENTIFICATION OF KIDS

  • SERVICES IN HOME & COMMUNITY

  • TRAINING & TA FOR EI STAFF

  • AGREE TO SERVE KIDS “AT RISK” FOR VISION IMPAIRMENT

NEGOTIATIONS

WHAT CAN WE OFFER?


What does andy want

WHAT DOES ANDY WANT?

TOOL TO SCREEN VISION


We found the kids

  • 2000 served 40 kids statewide

  • 2006-07 served 450 kids

  • 2007-08 served 750 kids

  • Month of May 2012: 442 kids served

  • July 2011 to May 2012 we have provided screenings and services for 1,471 kids

  • Of 1,471; 731 were screened and 741 were provided ongoing services

WE FOUND THE KIDS

EI STAFF REFER THE LARGEST NUMBER OF KIDS


Current statewide staff

  • 1 PROGRAM COORDINATOR

  • 1 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

  • 17 DEVELOPMENTAL VISION SPECIALISTS

  • TRAINING AS TEACHERS OF THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED AND/OR ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY SPECIALISTS

  • 4 O & M SPECIALISTS

  • INFANT TODDLER/EARLY CHILDHOOD; 4 OT, 1 PT, 1 SLP

CURRENT STATEWIDE STAFF

WE ARE PAID TO DRIVE


Statewide services

  • DIRECT SERVICES FOR CHILD AND FAMILY

  • VISION SCREENING, FUNCTIONAL VISION EVALUATIONS, ONGOING ASSESSMENT

  • TRAINING FOR EI AGENCIES

  • RESOURCE AND INFORMATION

  • PARTICIPATE IN IFSP TEAM AND OTHER TEAM MEETINGS

STATEWIDE SERVICES

PARENTS OR AGENCIESARE NEVER CHARGED FOR SERVICES


Hospitals doctors

HOSPITALS, DOCTORS

WE HELP CONNECT FAMILY FROM MEDICAL PROVIDER TO FOLLOWUP SERVICES


Early identification and vision diagnosis

EARLY IDENTIFICATION AND VISION DIAGNOSIS

EARLY ID/DIAGNOSIS LEADS TO FUTURE SERVICES


Trends and challenges

TRENDS AND CHALLENGES

STAFF MUST BE WELL TRAINED


Strengths

  • COMMITTED STAFF IMPAIRMENT

  • STATE AND COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

  • NMSBVI BOARD SUPPORT FOR EARLY IDENTIFICATION

  • SUPERINTENDENT HAS EARLY CHILDHOOD BACKGROUND

STRENGTHS

STAFF ARE OUR GREATEST RESOURCE


Looking to the future

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

DEFINING

OUR

ROLE


Orientation and mobility definition nm family infant toddler program
Orientation and Mobility VISION SPECIALISTSDefinitionNM Family Infant Toddler Program

Services delineated in the IFSP that address purposeful and independent movement in children who are blind, visually impaired or are at risk for visual impairment.  Services provided involve the development of skills including concurrent motor skills, sensation, environmental concepts, body image, space/time relationships, and gross motor skills. Orientation and mobility instruction is focused on travel and movement in current environments and next environments and the interweaving of skills into the overall latticework of development.  Services include evaluation and assessment of infants and toddlers identified as blind/visually impaired to determine necessary interventions, equipment, and strategies to promote movement and independence.


Nmsbvi b 3 o m guiding principles
NMSBVI B-3 O&M Guiding Principles VISION SPECIALISTS

O & M services should start when a child is young

Movement improves cognitive functioning and increases skills in all developmental areas

Children should have an opportunity to learn by exploring and moving

Movement should be developmentally appropriate

O & M should be fun, because children learn best through play

Child, family and team centered O & M is most successful

Active participation allows the child to learn in a meaningful context.

Children learn best when they are engaged in natural learning environments.


Nmsbvi birth 5 years orientation and mobility assessment
NMSBVI Birth – 5 Years VISION SPECIALISTSOrientation and Mobility Assessment

  • Parent Report  

  • Eye Exam

  •  Functional Vision

  • Communication

  •  Sensory:

  • Auditory/Tactual/Olfactory

  •  Gross Motor

  • Fine Motor

  • Quality of Movement

  • Orientation

  • Mobility

  • Concepts

  •  Travel Devices

  • Safety and Environmental Awareness

  • Supporting Purposeful Movement in Learning Situations


Nmsbvi b 3 o m services in nm
NMSBVI B-3 O&M Services in NM VISION SPECIALISTS

Work closely with NMSBVI developmental specialists and other team members

Early development of tool use and purposeful reaching

Try canes at early age… not sure how a child will respond to a cane unless you try


Sensory motor learning
Sensory Motor Learning VISION SPECIALISTS

Sensory Zone

Sensory Learning Zone

  • Awareness of sensory experiences

  • May not understand source of sensory information received

  • May not have opportunity to recreate sensory experience.

  • May not know how to create or repeat sensory experience

  • Experience may have limited sensory input

  • Child is directly experiencing activity that produced sensory input

  • Child should have opportunity to create her own sensory experiences

  • If appropriate, child should have as many senses as possible involved in the activity.

  • Shared activities offer opportunities for imitation and creativity and support learning