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Fall 2016 (Vol. 21, No. 2)

 

In this issue:

• Wow, That Sounds Familiar: Parent-Child Playgroups to Train, Support, & Build Connections - by Julie Maier, CDBS Educational Specialist

• Gift of the Present - Attention: CDBS-SFSU 5th Annual Deafblindness Symposium

• Moving Forward with the Transition to Preschool through Collaborative Planning - by Julie Maier, CDBS Educational Specialist and Myrna Medina, CDBS Family Engagement Specialist

In Appreciation of Dr. Deborah Chen — and Best Wishes in Retirement! - by Maurice Belote, CDBS Project Coordinator


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photo of Julie MaierWow, That Sounds Familiar: Parent-Child Playgroups to Train, Support, & Build Connections
by Julie Maier,
CDBS Educational Specialist

From September 2013-June 2016 the Northern California CDBS staff participated in a collaborative effort with the early intervention staff at the Center for Early Intervention on Deafness (CEID) in Berkeley, California to lead structured playgroups for children who are deafblind and their parents. These playgroup meetings were designed to not only to promote interactive connections between the children, but also to provide parents with information, coaching, and support related to the unique needs of their children.

 .... Wow, That Sounds Familiar: Parent-Child Playgroups to Train, Support, & Build Connections


photo of group at symposiumGift of the Present - Attention: CDBS-SFSU 5th Annual Deafblindness Symposium

On Saturday, October 15th CDBS held their 5th Annual Deafblindness Symposium. This annual event held each fall provides an opportunity for ongoing professional development training for current and former graduates of the San Francisco State University Specialization Program in Deafblindness program. The symposium attendees are current and former students from the Moderate-Severe Disabilities Program at SFSU who have sought additionally training in the education of students with deafblindness.

 .... Gift of the Present - Attention: CDBS-SFSU 5th Annual Deafblindness Symposium


photo of Julie Maierphoto of Myrna MedinaMoving Forward with the Transition to Preschool through Collaborative Planning
Julie Maier, CDBS Educational Specialist and Myrna Medina, CDBS Family Engagement Specialist

Some of the more difficult and stressful periods in a family’s life occur when their child is transitioning from one level of service or schooling to another. The transition from early intervention (birth to 36 months old) to preschool can be intimidating and scary in large part because families do not know what to expect and don’t really understand how the services and interventions for their child will change and be implemented. The unique needs of a child who is deafblind require that this transition is done with thoughtful care and in collaboration with many people, including the child’s family.

 .... Moving Forward with the Transition to Preschool through Collaborative Planning


photo of Maurice BeloteIn Appreciation of Dr. Deborah Chen — and Best Wishes in Retirement!
by Maurice Belote,
CDBS Project Coordinator

Dr. Deborah Chen retired this summer from California State University Northridge (CSUN) where she served as a Professor in the Early Childhood Special Education Program. For over 30 years, Deborah has been one of our country’s most prolific researchers and authors in the field of deafblindness.

 .... In Appreciation of Dr. Deborah Chen — and Best Wishes in Retirement!


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