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A Paraprofessionals Handbook for Working with Students who are Visually Imapaired

by Cyral Miller and Nancy Levack (Editors)
© TSBVI 1997 - 188 pages Order # 59431PHP (15 oz.)
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Assistance for the paraprofessional's unique role in providing educational programming

  • Brief descriptions of social skills, daily living skills, and orientation and mobility skills and their importance
  • Specific points related to the paraprofessional's role
  • Suggestions and tips that may be helpful when working with your students
  • Resources and references enhancing know-how
  • Information about technology and its applications
  • Information about adapting material, equipment, and environment
  • Special considerations for students who have visual and multiple impairments
  • Plan and implement programming by using these guidelines and suggestions for assessing and enhancing your student's visual functioning

 

Contents of A Paraprofessional's Handbook for Working with Students
Who Are Visually Impaired

by Cyral Miller and Nancy Levack (Eds.)

Overview by Nancy Levack and Cyral Miller

  • What Is The Role Of The Paraprofessional?
    • Definition of Role
    • Roles and Responsibilities of Other Related Service Personnel
  • What Is a Visual Impairment?
    • Use of Senses
    • Language Development
    • Prompting
    • What is Deafblindness?
  • General Suggestions
  • Additional Reading
    • References

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Social Skills by Kitty Ramsey

  • What Are Social Skills?
  • Why Are They Important?
  • Why Teach Social Skills?
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
  • Suggestions
    • Body Language
    • Classroom Skills
    • Cooperative Skills
  • Additional Reading
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Daily Living Skills by Nancy Levack and Cyral Miller

  • What Are Daily Living Skills?
  • Why Are They Important?
  • Why Teach Daily Living Skills?
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
  • Suggestions
    • Organizational Skills
    • Self-Advocacy
    • Personal Hygiene
    • Personal Appearance
    • Eating and Drinking
    • Food Preparation
    • Dressing and Clothing Care
    • Health and Safety
  • Additional Reading

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Orientation and Mobility Skills by Sharon Trusty and Olga Uriegas

  • What Are Orientation and Mobility Skills?
  • Why are Orientation and Mobility Skills Important?
  • Why Teach Orientation and Mobility Skills?
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
  • Suggestions
    • Concepts
    • Body Image
    • Sensory Training
    • Motor Development
    • Specific Travel Techniques
    • Activities
  • Additional Reading

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Technology by Debra Leff, Barbara Perdichi, Cecilia Robinson, and Debra Sewell

  • What Is Technology?
  • Why Is It Important?
  • Why Teach Technology?
  • Changes in Technology
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
  • Suggestions
    • Posture and Positioning
    • Placement of Device
    • Using Technology Tools
  • Information About Different Kinds of Technology
    • Switches
    • Augmentative Communication Devices
    • Alternative Keyboards
    • Enlarging Systems and Devices
    • Tactual Graphics
    • Notetaking Devices
    • Reference Systems
    • Math Devices
    • Computer Systems
  • Additional Reading

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Adaptation by Chrissy Cowan

  • What Materials Need Adaptation?
    • Preschool Programs
    • Kindergarten
    • Grades 1-5
    • Grades 6-12
    • Textbooks
  • Why Is Adaptation Important?
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
    • Communication
    • Organization
    • Information About Equipment Used for Adapting Material
  • Suggestions
    • Modifying Print
    • Preparing Tactual Graphics
  • Additional Reading

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Students With Multiple Impairments by Debra Sewell, Millie Smith, Frankie Swift, and Joyce West

  • Who Are Students with Multiple Impairments?
  • What Are Important Goals for These Students?
  • The Paraprofessional's Role
  • Suggestions
    • Teaming
    • Assessment
    • Vision
    • Use of Touch
    • Movement
    • Communication
    • Behavior
  • Additional Reading

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Appendix

  • Addresses for Ordering Adapted Material and Equipment
  • Printed Resources
  • Video Training Material
  • Index