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Subject:  Free Workshop on the Symbols and Meaning Kit & the APH Intervention Continuum

Source:  Missouri School for the Blind

Intended Audience:  Early interventionists, teachers and paraprofessionals of students with visual impairments, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, physical therapists, family members, and educational teams of students with multiple disabilities including visual impairment or deafblindness

Date:  August 23, 2013

The Missouri School for the Blind will host a free training session entitled Symbols and Meaning (SAM) Kit and the APH Intervention Continuum including the Sensory Learning Kit and Tactile Connections in St. Louis (exact location will be announced closer to the workshop) on Thursday, November 7, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Millie Smith, educator, consultant, and author of the book, Teaching Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments: A Resource Guide, will present this full day workshop.  With an emphasis on the Symbols and Meaning (SAM) Kit, she will present the APH Intervention Continuum that is a line of sequent products:  The Sensory Learning Kit, Symbols and Meaning Kit, and Tactile Connections.  The APH Intervention Continuum provides strategies and tools for addressing the sensory needs of learners with visual and multiple impairments as they develop cognitive, communication, and social skills at three levels.  When used sequentially, these products teach individuals who have no formal means of communication to express themselves.  The Sensory Learning Kit addresses the skills needed for attention to and exploration of the people, objects, and actions that provide context for communication.  The SAM Kit (symbols and meaning) addresses the skills needed for the late sensorimotor, early preoperational stage where iconic symbols are used to label concrete experiences.  SAM provides strategies for developing a strong sensory foundation for concepts about people, objects, and places so that symbols referring to them are meaningful.  Tactile Connections addresses the skills needed for using symbols to communicate thoughts about abstract preoperational concepts.

Registration deadline is November 1 and the registration form can be found at

For questions, contact: Yvonne Ali, Supervisor, MO Instructional Resource Center for the Visually Impaired, MSB, 314-776-4320, extension 3256 or