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Dual Sensory Loss Expert Dr. Jan VanDijk Visits KDES Parent Infant Program (PIP)

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During the week of March 8-12, the Parent Infant Program (PIP) at the Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES) had the pleasure of collaborating with Dr. Jan VanDijk and Connections Beyond Sight and Sound (CBSS). An internationally recognized expert in the field of assessment and programming for children with dual sensory impairments, VanDijk has over thirty years experience in the field. VanDijk came to assess five young children who are deaf or hard of hearing with visual impairments and to offer suggestions for programming support. He visited the United States from The Netherlands as a part of his collaboration with CBSS.

During his visit, VanDijk shared a wealth of information on latest techniques, strategies, and research in the field of dual sensory impairment. PIP, which serves deaf and hard of hearing children from infancy through age 2, has established a new working partnership with CBSS in order to best serve the five young children with dual sensory impairments. According to PIP teacher Debra Cushner, "We all benefit any time we have the opportunity to collaborate directly with an expert in the field, like Dr. VanDijk. He did a wonderful job of connecting with our PIP children and providing valuable information and support for their families and our service providers."

More information about Dr. VanDijk and CBSS can be found at the following websites:

www.NationalDB.org  and  http://www.cbss.umd.edu/. For more information about the Parent-Infant Program at KDES, e-mail Debra Cushner.