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Children’s Vision and Eye Health: New Resources for Vision Screening and Parent Education

National Indian Head Start Directors Association

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. ET/ 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. CT

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  • Did you know that a child’s undiagnosed and untreated vision problem can interfere with learning and cause disruptive behaviors in the classroom?
  • Did you know that up to 1 in 5 for children enrolled in Head Start has an undiagnosed and untreated vision disorder?
  • Did you know that lack of knowledge about the importance of good vision for learning is often cited as a barrier to receiving an eye examination after a vision screening referral?

The National Indian Head Start Directors Association (NIHSDA) is partnering with the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness to bring you a webinar about the important role for vision in learning and development, resources for conducting vision screening, and a new resource: the Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers. Small Steps is a free online resource with information, suggested actions, and assistance for parents, guardians, and caregivers to be empowered partners in their children’s (as well as their own) vision and eye health. Small Steps also provides a scripted PowerPoint with handouts, invitation templates, and experiential activities (fun games) to run your own vision meeting/social for the parents you serve. The Small Steps for Big Vision tool kit is designed to help remove the “lack of knowledge” barrier to eye and vision care.  Dr. Alma Sandoval, Region XI Health Specialist, will present information on how the vision health resources can be applied in AIAN programs.

At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to:

  • Identify vision screening resources to complete evidence-based screenings.
  • Identify materials in the tool kit that will help the parents, guardians, and caregivers you serve to have a better understanding of the importance of good vision for their child’s ability to learn.
  • Describe experiential activities that can be used during a meeting/social to give parents, guardians, and caregivers a sense of the way their children may see their world when they have a vision disorder.
  • Describe the importance of parents, guardians, and caregivers in taking care of their own vision and eye health needs.
  • Identify tool kit materials that will help parents, guardians, and caregivers to understand the importance of completing a follow-up eye examination, adhering to treatment, and receiving ongoing eye care after receiving a vision screening referral.
  • Use the tool kit to provide vision meetings/socials in your program and to share materials with parents, guardians, and caregivers who cannot attend the meeting/social and who do not have internet access. 

Presenters

  • Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdD, Outreach and Education Coordinator, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness
  • Donna Fishman, MPH, Director, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness
  • Alma R. Sandoval, Health Specialist Region XI (AIAN), Head Start, who will make webinar info relevant to grantees in AIAN Region XI.

Who Should Attend from AIAN Head Start

  • Health Managers
  • Directors
  • Family Service Workers
  • Home Visitors

Contact the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness at 800-331-2020 or email [email protected] with questions.

Registrants will receive a free binder of resources to share with parents, guardians, and caregivers who do not have Internet access.

Register Online Now for this National Webinar!