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Techniques for Infants and Toddlers with Visual Impairment - Involvement

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by Alycyn Ferrell and Sharon A. Raver

Because of the unique developmental needs of infants with visual impairment, family involvement is particularly crucial to provide the consistent and sustained intervention needed to facilitate learning. Family involvement is discussed in other chapters and, in general, the strategies and suggestions mentioned also apply to families of infants with visual impairment. However, there are some factors that may be unique to families of infants with visual impairment.

In 1989, Dr. Turben received funding that enabled the Cleveland Sight Center to initiate the first large-scale, family-centered Children's Services Program in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Turben worked for Lake County Early Intervention Collaborative Group in 1988-89 as the consultant who prepared the County Needs Assessment and assisted the collaborative in the preparation of the 1988-89 Lake County Early Intervention Collaborative Plan, which launched family collaboratives as a network of families with children who had disabilities.
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