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NMSBVI Vision Bees

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. The Vision Bees take place in January of each year in Albuquerque and Alamogordo. Registration is free. CEUs are available. You may register using the documents found on this webpage.

Upcoming Vision Bee Dates

Vision Bee 2016 with Linda Hagood:

 January 13th in Albuquerque

January 15th in Alamogordo 


Information - 2016 Vision Bee

General Information

Better together: relationship based programming for students

 with visual impairment and social communication challenges

Presented by linda hagood, m.a., ccc-slp
January 13 & 15, 2016
New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired—Vision Bee

  1. Introduction to the better together model

    • Philosophy and guiding principals

    • Four domains

    • Evaluation tools for developing goals

    • Student skills assessment

    • Evaluation of adult teaching strategies

    • Evaluation of adult-child relationship

  2. Strategies for building relationships (predictability, limiting demand, scaffolding, balancing turns, finding the smile)

  3. Activities

    • Watch / practice

    • Analyze / modify

    • Helpful resources

  4. Problem solving (echolalia; rigidity; isolation, sensory driven behaviors)

Goals for workshop
Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to :
1. Describe four areas for social communication programming included in the “better together” relationship based program.

2. Locate and utilize tools for assessing student skills, teaching strategies, and adult-child relationships.

3. Use the criterion referenced assessment tools to choose goals for both students and teacher

4. Describe and demonstrate at least three strategies for building relationships with students who have combined visual and social communication challenges.

5. Describe and demonstrate at least three new activities for working with current students who present interactive challenges.

About the Presenter

Linda Hagood

Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who has special expertise in working (and playing) with students who have combined visual and multiple impairments, including autism, deaf-blindness, and cognitive challenges. Linda worked for many years at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where she served many roles—as speech-language pathologist, outreach consultant, classroom teacher, and residential instructor. During her time at TSBVI, she wrote two books, one entitled Communication: A Guide for Teachers of Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments (1997), and the second entitled Better Together: Building Relationships with People who have Visual Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders (or Atypical Social Development (2008). Linda has presented numerous workshops, both nationally and internationally, and has taught an online course offered through Perkins School for the Blind and Fitchburg University, on her approaches to teaching students who have a visual impairment and associated social-communication challenges. She is a hands-on clinician who works and plays on a daily basis in both public school and private practice settings in her home in Western Washington. Her approach is student-centered, relationship based and developmental, following the wise advice of her hero Dr. Seuss –“It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How.”


Click here to see the handouts for the event and print them if you like. We will not have printed versions available at the event so please bring your copy or download them to your device. Thank you for your cooperation

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The WiFi at the location may be avialable, however we recommend you download the handouts prior to the event.


Past Events:

Link to Vision Bee 2015 with David Brown Information


For more information, please contact:
Kimber Kniffin
801 Stephen Moody St. SE
Albuquerque, NM  87123
Phone: (505) 271-3067  Fax: (505) 271-3073



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