So… I finally got that observation at Lyra’s preschool…just 4 days before she was scheduled to begin her evaluation period. The afternoon preschool class goes from 12:30PM to 3:30PM and I stayed and observed for most of that time. I think it went well overall. Lyra’s teachers have been really nice and very open and accepting of any help/advice/support I can give. Lyra’s Functional Vision Assessment and Orientation and Mobility Assessment were both completed, as I posted in earlier posts. So as part of her evaluation, Lyra has been attending preschool 2 days /week. She has attended 5 times so far. Lyra is LOVING it!Read More →

Below is a link to a copy of the written report from Lyra’s latest Functional Vision Assessment.  We really got a lot of useful information from this assessment.  It was very thorough.  I will write about this in more detail when I have a bit more time, but I wanted to go ahead and at least post the report. 🙂 lyra-fve-shareRead More →

I’ve mentioned a lot of different types of assessments in my last few posts.  Knowing what they are and how they differ can be really confusing.  Also, I tend to use the words “evaluation” “assessment” and “examination” interchangeably, which probably adds to the confusion.   Here are some links to information that define them and provide a much better explanation than I could.  😛 Overview of Assessments Functional Vision Assessment Low Vision Evaluation &  Low Vision Examination Learning Media Assessment This next assessment is one that I have only recently heard about.  It seems to be similar to a Low Vision Evaluation, but completed by anRead More →

In my last post about Lyra’s IFSP-IEP transition, I  said I would post the answers to my questions, in my next post.  I apologize for keeping you all waiting for so long.  I had intended to write that post before Lyra’s transition meeting on February 6th.  We  have already had that meeting, so I have twice as much information to share…well kind of.  The actual “transition meeting” was rather uneventful.  More on that later. From our pre-“transition meeting” meeting we had back in January, I learned that our district has 4 Teachers of the Visually Impaired on staff.  I was VERY pleasantly surprised about that! Read More →

Continuing from Part 1 of my post… Prior to our pre-“transition meeting” meeting last month, I knew very little about the districts preschool program. Initially, we encountered a bit of resistance because the districts administrators insisted that we couldn’t schedule a meeting until 60 days before Lyra’s 3rd birthday. However, I knew that was not true. I knew the state law which stated the following: In the case of a child who may be eligible for preschool services under Part B of the Act, with the approval of the family of the child, convene a conference among the lead agency, the family, and the localRead More →

Anyone who has a child currently receiving Early Intervention services that will be turning 3 in less than 6 months, should start asking questions and getting information about the transition process, NOW.   By transition, I mean the process by which a child who has an IFSP and is receiving services through an Infant-Toddler program (IDEA-Part C) switches to having an IEP and receving services through a preschool program (IDEA-Part B). A few weeks ago, Lyra’s Family Service Coordinator, TVI,  several other people, and I met for a pre-“transition meeting” meeting.  I initiated this meeting and I am so glad that I did.   Lyra’s EI servicesRead More →

Normally Lyra’s TVI and OT come separately.  Lately they have been coming for visits together to try and work with Lyra outside where she is less familiar with the environment.  However, the last two Tuesday’s when they have come, it has been raining outside. So, here is a video of their latest visit.  🙂Read More →

As I may have mentioned before, over the last 2 years, writing has sort of become my therapy. I recently had my 4th article published in Albinism Insight.  The article is about emergent literacy in children with low vision.  The information can really be applied to ALL children with low vision, not just those with albinism.  Some of the information from my previous post, “Literacy Lollapalooza” is included in the article.  You can view my article by clicking on the following link. literacy-all-pgsRead More →