April 2020

Info Related to COVID-19

HDC has shared a list of COVID-19 related resources geared toward Louisiana residents. Click here to view it: https://www.hdc.lsuhsc.edu/covid19_resources.aspx

Louisiana Department of Education Expands At-Home Care and Learning Supports for Families with Young Children

The Louisiana Department of Education today announced it has expanded its at-home care and learning supports for families who are home with young children as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak. See news release here.

Playing with Words: A Collaborative Approach to Play-Based Storytelling

From the Paths to Literacy Newsletter by the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, Massachusetts:

Playing with Words is a collaborative approach to play-based storytelling with students who are blind or visually impaired who have additional disabilities, including those who are autistic or deafblind.  Co-creating stories is focused on the process, rather than the product.  That is, it focuses on expanding language and communication, self-determination, self-regulation, and creativity rather than a perfectly composed story.  The adult is a support, rather than an authority, building on student interests and using props to expand playful exploration and expression.

We invite you to explore this newly launched microsite on Paths to Literacy, which is full of video examples, activity ideas, and other resources needed to implement this approach from Speech Language Pathologist Linda Hagood.

Field Test of 4to24: App for Parents of DB Youth to Focus on Employment

The NRTC on Blindness & Low Vision at Mississippi State University is looking  for parents of deaf-blind youth to field test their new app “4to24”. This  app is designed specifically for parents or caretakers of children and youth between the ages of 4 – 24 years old who are deaf-blind or have combined visual and hearing impairment, to help focus on building skills for communication, independent living, and preparing for employment starting from an early age. The field test will involve creating an account in the app, using the app features for six months, and completing a series of surveys. If you’re interested in becoming a field tester for the app and participating in our study, please fill out the information form at this link: https://msstatecoe.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4UxsxJJxeCPqXGJ. For assistance or more information, contact Anne Steverson (acc155@msstate.edu) or Karla Antonelli (kantonelli@colled.msstate.edu).

Families-to-Families Community Project (F2FC): Connecting Families of Individuals with Deaf-blindness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Family-to-Family Communities Project (F2FC) will be having virtual drop-in meetings for Parents, Guardians, and other Family Members of Individuals with Deaf-Blindness to connect with others who understand their unique perspective in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic.  Any family member of an individual with deaf-blindness is welcome to participate.   You do not need to be previously registered with F2FC. F2FC is a collaborative project sponsored by State Deaf-Blind Projects, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, and the National Family Association for Deaf-Blind.

LASARD Parent Behavior Webinar

The LASARD Project is posting resources and short videos/webinars to their LASARD Facebook page to support parents who are now “teaching” at home.

Their latest mini-webinar reached 1.6k views. LASARD coordinator, Julie Riley, developed it to help familes understand how they can help their child feel supported and understood during these difficult times. She also shares several low-tech communication supports that can be created at home. Here’s the direct link to the post. https://www.facebook.com/LASARD.Project/posts/2737608002954394

ELC Re-opening Date

The ELC re-opening date is expected to follow the LSU Health Sciences Center (HSC) calendar. However, at this time, we cannot project a specific date because there are no hard dates or plans for a definitive re-opening of the HSC. We will keep you informed of any updates via email and this website. In the meantime, please visit the ELC Resources webpage (https://www.hdc.lsuhsc.edu/earlylearningcenter/resources.aspx) for free websites with activities to complete at home with your infant, toddler or preschooler.

LASARD Facebook Resources for Work-at-Home Parents

The LASARD Project is posting resources and short videos/webinars to their Facebook page LASARD Facebook page to support parents who are now “teaching” at home. These resources are appropriate for families with younger kids as well as adolescents.