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Full-Day Workshop

Seminar: Teaching Strategies for Children with Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairment

Children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss are a diverse and unique population of children with special needs. With their sensory loss (vision loss, hearing loss or deafblindness), combined with other disabilities (i.e. intellectual disabilities, physical challenges, behaviour challenges, autism, and complex health issues), these children have challenges that require specialized support beyond traditional classroom management strategies and traditional special education techniques. Teachers, parents and service providers may find themselves at a loss on how to provide appropriate education for these children.

Perkins International (PI) is a global leader in education for children with multiple disabilities. We believe every child can learn, and we believe teachers everywhere can learn to teach every child. Based on nearly 200 years of experience at our Perkins School for the Blind Campus in the US, we have identified effective teaching strategies for children with multiple disabilities, and strategies to remove some of the barriers that keep children from accessing learning opportunities and communication. Training participants will learn practical teaching strategies to support children with multiple disabilities to learn and actively participate in their schools, families and communities.

Dates:22 and 23 July 2020 (Wed and Thu)
Time:8.00am - 11.00am (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Speaker: Ami Tango-Limketkai, Perkins International

Ami Tango-Limketkai is an international educational consultant, curriculum consultant, and program coordinator at Perkins International. Ami works with teams in coordinating programs for the Asia Region and Perkins International Academy activities. Ami’s work experiences include leading a 3 year project on Inclusive Education in China and leading a writing team on the National Curriculum for Teachers of Children with Visual Impairment for Cambodia’s Ministry of Education. Currently, she is working on the modification of the Philippine Ministry of Education’s national assessment tools for children to accommodate children with sensory loss in partnership with local organizations in the country. She also provides trainings and lectures to teachers, parents, school leaders, and health workers on the education of children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss.

Ami has built her experience as a teacher of students with multiple disabilities since 1999. Her educational background includes an M.Ed. in Special Education serving children with Severe Disabilities from Boston University, USA and an M.Ed. serving children with Visual Impairment from the University of Massachusetts, USA. Ami is committed to ensure that every marginalized child is given opportunities to reach their fullest potential and to be recognized as valuable members of their family and community.

Course Outline

Participants will learn key strategies in supporting the development and learning of children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss. As we study these strategies, two major themes will emerge consistently throughout our discussions. These include the importance of building communication in everything that we do with our students, and always teaching within meaningful and functional routines.

Course Objectives

Participants will learn effective strategies to teach their students with multiple disabilities and sensory loss, including:

  • Use appropriate modes of communication, including calendar systems
  • Learning through routines, with a clear beginning, middle and end of activities
  • Encouraging active participation and independence through routines
  • Engaging students in functional and meaningful activities
  • Expanding the child’s interests, skills and experiences
Who Can Benefit?

This course is suitable for educators, pre-service teachers, parents, caregivers, special education school administrators and other service providers who work with children with multiple disabilities and sensory loss. These children may have behavior challenges (i.e. autism), motor challenges (i.e. cerebral palsy), cognitive or other developmental delays combined with having sensory loss (i.e. vision loss, hearing loss or deafblindness). These children may be in settings such as special schools, at home, residential settings, etc.

Course Fees & Closing Dates
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax / seminar
Normal Till Full 450 400