Multi-sensory impairment seminar presentations

This video captures five presentations from the multi-sensory impairment seminar held at VDEI on 28 May 2018. The full-day program highlighted the educational, psychosocial and therapeutic challenges for children and young people with multi-sensory impairments. Five international experts presented on a wide range of evidence-based topics that reflected leading practice in the field.

Below is the agenda and I have noted the place in the video where each presenter starts, so you can easily find specific presentations.

Watch the presentations here.

Tim Hartshorne (7 minutes 50 seconds)

Professor Tim Hartshorne will outline effective strategies for supporting and improving educational and communication outcomes for multi-sensory impaired learners.

Professor Hartshorne is Professor of Psychology at Central Michigan University. He has devoted much of his career to researching the challenging behaviours of children who are deafblind and multi-sensory impaired. Professor Hartshorne’s present research focuses on issues of sleep, play, and anxiety in the lives of children with multi-sensory impairment.

Dr Daniel Gadke (1 hour 38 minutes)

Dr Daniel Gadke will speak about intervention strategies within a multi-tiered system of support to students with multi-sensory impairments and ASD.

Dr Gadke is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Mississippi State University where he founded and runs the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Clinic. Specializing in behaviour difficulties and skill acquisition, Dr Gadke is a Licensed Psychologist, Board Certified Behaviour Analyst, and a Nationally Certified School Psychologist.

Dr Kasee Stratton-Gadke (2 hours 30 minutes)

Dr Kasee Stratton-Gadke will explore the issues surrounding sexuality and wellbeing for students with multi-sensory impairments.

Dr Stratton-Gadke is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Mississippi State University. Her research and clinical interests include medical conditions that contribute to behavioural challenges, Applied Behaviour Analysis and identifying Interventions for severe disruptive behaviours in children with developmental disabilities.

Prof Nancy Hartshorne (4 hours 22 minutes)

Professor Nancy Hartshorne will discuss multi-disciplinary assessments of students who are deafblind or have multi-sensory impairments.

Professor Nancy Hartshorne is a school psychologist and Professor at Delta College, Michigan. She lectures on multi-sensory impairments such as deafblindness following a person-centred planning approach. Professor Hartshorne focuses on language development and assessment as well as strategies and procedures that lead to understanding a child’s sensory needs.

David Brown (5 hours 6 minutes)

David Brown will present a therapeutic educational approach that views challenging behaviours as adaptive behaviours that are in fact achievements. David will explore how to assist students to develop appropriate strategies to adapt their sensory experiences.

David Brown has been a specialist educator in the deafblind and multi-sensory impairment fields in the UK and USA for the past 35 years. He also has special interests in early intervention, assessment and the interface between education and therapy.

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