Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 64.4 Fall 2019

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 64 Issue 4 33 distance-based EI services for children aged birth through 3 years old who have been identified as having exceptionalities, delays in development, or potential for experiencing delays in development. Teleintervention involves using telecommunication technology (examples: computers; the internet; and synchronous videoconferencing applications, such as Skype TM , FaceTime TM , or Zoom TM ) to deliver professional services to clients at a distance (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2019). Research in telepractice, the overarching domain of distance-based EI services under which teleintervention exists, has shown that caregivers and practitioners found technology-based EI educational services at least as effective as in-person consultations (Behl et al., 2017; Kelso, Fiechtl, Olsen, & Rule, 2009; Olsen, Fiechtl, & Rule, 2012). Although there is a history of using technology to successfully provide healthcare, therapeutic assessment, therapeutic intervention, and specialized services to families of children with exceptionalities in EI (Behl, Houston, Guthrie, & Guthrie, 2010; Behl et al., 2017; Blaiser, Behl, Callow- Heusser, & White, 2013; Boisvert, Lang, Andrianopoulos, & Boscardin, 2010; Kelso et al., 2009; Olsen et al., 2012), studies investigating the use of teleintervention to provide specialized instruction/services to young children with visual impairment (VI) and their families in the EI system are

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