With the increased frequency of “miracle babies” (those who survive the remarkable odds of prematurity), most psychologists can anticipate the need to provide consultation and assessment services for children with sensory impairments such as blindness or VI. This workshop will address the knowledge base, challenges, and skills associated with providing competent service for students who experience the many varieties of vision impairment.
Participants will be introduced to issues basic to the development and education of students with VI. They will explore circumstances under which assessment would be either mandated or helpful, review and practice appropriate assessment instruments (including some Piagetian measures), review standards and examples of psychological reports, apply this knowledge to specific issues of potential co-morbidity, and consider time management issues in a time-limited world. As much as possible, this will be a hands-on workshop.