NMSBVI Vision Bees

2017 Vision Bee

There are no scheduled Vision Bees for 2017.

2016 Vision Bee

A Vision Bee is dedicated to imparting the latest information regarding teaching students who have visual impairments. A Vision Bee is appropriate for parents, families, teachers, service providers, social workers and anyone who is interested in increasing their skills in regards to serving students with visual impairments. The Vision Bees take place during January of each year in Albuquerque and Alamogordo. Registration is free. CEUs are available. You may register using the documents found on this webpage.

Upcoming Vision Bee Dates
Vision Bee 2016 with Linda Hagood:

January 13th 2016 in Albuquerque at the Albuquerque Mariott (2101 Louisiana Boulevard NE)

January 15th 2016 in Alamogordo at the Civic Center Auditorium (800 East First St.)

Maps and Directions Below


Albuquerque Mariott

Albuquerque Mariott - 2101 Louisiana Boulevard Northeast, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Phone: (505) 881-6800

Alamogordo Civic Center

Alamogordo Civic Center - 800 East First Street, Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone:(575) 439-4159

From White Sands Blvd./Hwy 70 Turn East onto First Street, The Civic Center will be on the right-hand side.

Information - 2016 Vision Bee

General Information

Better together:

Relationship based programming for students with visual impairment and social communication challenges.

Presented by Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP
January 13 & 15, 2016
New Mexico School for the Blind and Visually Impaired—Vision Bee

Conference Agenda

Registration (8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

I. Introduction to the better together model (9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)
  Philosophy and guiding principals
  Four domains
  Evaluation tools for developing goals
  Student skills assessment
  Evaluation of adult teaching strategies
  Evaluation of adult-child relationship

Break (10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)

II. Strategies for building relationships (10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)
    (predictability, limiting demand, scaffolding, balancing turns, finding the smile)

Lunch (12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

III. Activities (1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.)
  Watch / practice
  Analyze / modify
  Helpful resources

Break (3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.)

IV. Problem solving (3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
    (echolalia; rigidity; isolation, sensory driven behaviors)

Downloadable Agenda


“They tell me she has Cortical Visual Impairment. Is this why she won’t join us at circle time, or play with us at recess? What can I do to help her be more included in the class?

My son, with autism, doesn’t seem to be responding to the picture schedules or social stories that we give him. He still has problems with transitions and only wants to play with the same toy, and I’m not sure if he really understands the picture schedule.

John has Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. He has so many tantrums, and it takes forever for him to calm down. Is this common for blind kids?

Maggie is blind and started to talk late. Her speech therapist tells me he has “echolalia”—how can I help him with having conversations?

I know my student with autism can see, but some days he just seems to choose not to look—especially when I ask him to “look at me” or when I point at something far away, we go into a new place. Could this be a visual problem, or is it just the autism?

Do these questions sound familiar? The growing population of children with dual diagnosis of autism and visual impairment presents challenges for both diagnosis and for teaching. In this hands-on workshop, based on the Better Together curriculum, you will learn more about how to select goals ,and teach social communication skills to children and adolescents who have either autism or visual impairment, or both of these challenges. Videotaped samples of students from preschool to young adult ages will be used to demonstrate activities. You will watch and practice new games, adapted yoga, and collaborative writing activities. Bring your questions and experiences to share. Come join us to add to your “bag of tricks”!

Workshop appropriate for: teachers, paraeducators, parents, therapists (OT, SLP, PT, counselors)

Goals for workshop

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to :

1. Describe four areas for social communication programming included in the “better together” relationship based program.

2. Locate and utilize tools for assessing student skills, teaching strategies, and adult-child relationships.

3. Use the criterion referenced assessment tools to choose goals for both students and teacher

4. Describe and demonstrate at least three strategies for building relationships with students who have combined visual and social communication challenges.

5. Describe and demonstrate at least three new activities for working with current students who present interactive challenges.

About the Presenter

Linda Hagood

Linda Hagood, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who has special expertise in working (and playing) with students who have combined visual and multiple impairments, including autism, deaf-blindness, and cognitive challenges. Linda worked for many years at Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired, where she served many roles—as speech-language pathologist, outreach consultant, classroom teacher, and residential instructor. During her time at TSBVI, she wrote two books, one entitled Communication: A Guide for Teachers of Students with Visual and Multiple Impairments (1997), and the second entitled Better Together: Building Relationships with People who have Visual Impairment and Autism Spectrum Disorders (or Atypical Social Development (2008). Linda has presented numerous workshops, both nationally and internationally, and has taught an online course offered through Perkins School for the Blind and Fitchburg University, on her approaches to teaching students who have a visual impairment and associated social-communication challenges. She is a hands-on clinician who works and plays on a daily basis in both public school and private practice settings in her home in Western Washington. Her approach is student-centered, relationship based and developmental, following the wise advice of her hero Dr. Seuss –“It’s Fun to Have Fun, But You Have to Know How.”


I. Print and bring to the Vision Bee: (You will need these to take part in the training. There will not be copies available, so please print your copy and bring with you)

II. Presentation Slides: (not necessary to print unless you prefer to have a printed copy)

III. More Information: (not necessary to print unless you prefer to have a printed copy)

NOTEThe WiFi at the location may be available, however we recommend you download the handouts prior to the event.

Past Events:

Link to Vision Bee 2015 with David Brown Information

For more information, please contact:
Kimber Kniffin
801 Stephen Moody St. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87123
Phone: (505) 271-3067 Fax: (505) 271-3073
e-mail: kimberkniffin@nmsbvi.k12.nm.us