by Carmen Willings
February 20, 2020
I entered the field of visual impairments in 1999, and although I started out teaching in an inclusive preschool classroom on the campus of the Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, North Carolina, the majority of my time in the vision field has been spent serving students (infants and toddlers through high school) as an itinerant teacher. Over the years, I (like many other TVI's) have worked with students who have had a wide range of unique visual and learning needs.
My caseload has included:
The wide diversity of needs on a typical itinerant caseload can make planning for instruction particularly complex. Additionally, working with so many different teams can present challenges, but can also make the job rewarding as I have ongoing opportunities to learn from experts in other areas (e.g. classroom teachers, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, deaf and hard of hearing teachers, etc.). It is for these reasons that I say these resources were developed specifically for itinerant teachers who are on the go and teach students with a wide variety of needs. With that said, these are the activities that I used in a classroom setting as well and are entirely appropriate for classroom instruction.
My goal in creating these resources was to organize these activities I had used over the years for easy reference, both for my own use and to share them with fellow TVI's. It is for that reason that I created the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC along with companion workbooks to support activities outlined in the activities. I compiled and adapted many activities from VI resource books as well as books and resources from whole language and phonics & phonemic instruction courses. Additionally I adapted activities that I've picked up from general education resource books, preschool education resource, and activities used by therapists I have worked with.
TVI's Guide Complete Set Bundle + BONUS Resources
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The TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC Complete Set includes the following:
The LOTTO Cards Grab and Go Supplement includes 37 theme related unit cards along with activity suggestions that support activities within the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC.
On My Way File Folder Cards
Print and use these cards to represent locations the student may visit that are related to the current thematic unit. Use these with the On My Way File Folder Game outlined in the TVI's Guide to Teaching the ECC p. 27.
NEW! Access to TVI's Guide Bonus Membership Pages
Bonus pages include tutorials, printables, interactive sensory story downloads, and interactive choice making, matching and visual discrimination computer games (PowerPoint based interactive games), and job task activities.
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