SPEVI Early Intervention VI Community of Practice (EIVI CoP).
When: 4th Thursday of every 2 months.
Open to members and non-members of SPEVI who work in Early Intervention VI or have an interest in the topic.
Co-facilitators: Bronwen Scott, Sharon Duncan and Lara Anderson.
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Next meeting: 23 March.
Guest presenters: Ellen Buith and Stephanie Mills.
Topic: The F-words focus on six key areas of child development. Using the 6 F-words framework enables us to view the ‘whole child’ and it will structure our teaching to the child’s strengths and needs. Whether you use the 6 F-words as a conversation starter, to gather information for your Individualised Education Plan (IEP) or in a transition document, it allows you to see all components of who that child is, rather than seeing only deficits.
Meeting dates for 2023
- 23 March, 03:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (5.30 pm NZ)
- 25 May, 03:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (5.30 pm NZ)
- 27 July, 03:300 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (5.30 pm NZ)
- 28 September, 03:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (5.30 pm NZ)
- 23 November, 03:30 PM Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney (5.30 pm NZ)
You are required to register in advance, on:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Recordings of past sessions are available on a private SPEVI EIVI YouTube channel. Please contact Sharon Duncan at Sharon.email@example.com to request the link.
Meeting 4, May 26 2022
Participants shared their knowledge and experiences of utilising Lilli Nielsen’s Active Learning Approach. Facilitated by Lara Anderson, the discussion included the philosophy of the approach and resources used and adapted to meet the individual needs of young children who are blind, deafblind and low vision.
Meeting 3, March 24 2022
Our EIVI Practice Guidance
We explored common foundations that help guide us in all the work we do with children and families.
Based on SPEVI-List conversations related to effective practice guidelines for early childhood aged children who are blind, deafblind and low vision, this became the focus discussion for this session.
Facilitated by Sharon Duncan, guidelines and materials currently used in Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia and USA to support and guide effective EIVI practice were shared. Common themes important to participants were brainstormed.
Participants requested that this piece of work continue to be developed for the South Pacific, with the support of SPEVI.
Meeting 2, 25 November 2021
The second meeting took place on 25 November 2021. In this session, the use of Learning Media Assessments and Sensory Learning Profiles with children with low vision and blindness (birth-6 years old) was explored. The discussion was led by invited guests Patrick Hodgkins and Peter Mubiru, 3rd year Occupational Therapy Students from Monash University who are currently completing a student project with Vision Australia. They provided an overview of the project context and facilitated small group discussions on sensory learning profiles and the benefits of recording and supporting the use of learning and sensory preferences in your current practices.
Meeting 1, 23 September 2021
The first meeting was held on 23 September 2021 from 03:30 to 04:30 pm Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney/ 5:30 – 6.30 pm NZ. This first session featured a presentation on early orientation and mobility by Bronwen Scott.