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Small Steps for Big Vision Webinar
Tuesday, October 20th
3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET
* 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 an estimated 1 in 17 preschool-aged children (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?
Small Steps for Big Vision: An Eye Health Information Tool Kit for Parents and Caregivers is a new, 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. The Small Steps for Big Vision tool kit will help to remove the “lack of knowledge” barrier to eye and vision care.
In this national webinar, you will learn about the free resources in the Small Steps for Big Vision tool kit and hear from Head Start staff who successfully used the scripted PowerPoint presentation, activities, and handouts with their parents, guardians, and caregivers. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and receive answers to those questions.
At the conclusion of this webinar, you will be able to:
* 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 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 materials in the tool kit 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.
* P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, EdD, and Donna Fishman, MPH, National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness
* Michael Edmonds, Family Community Partnership Specialist, East Coast Migrant Head Start Colleton Head Start Program, Lodge, South Carolina
* Nicole Luebke, Manager, Health and Nutrition Services, Early Childhood Services at Catholic Charities, Joliet, IL
Parents, Guardians, and Caregivers
Early Head Start/Head Start health managers and health services staff
Childcare health consultants
Early intervention staff working with infants and toddlers
Early care and education program staff
Nurses, including school nurses
Contact the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health at Prevent Blindness at 800-331-2020 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.