BEST Summer Camp 2024

July 22nd-26th
First Presbyterian Church Nashville, 4815 Franklin Pike
A FREE inclusive summer camp program for BEST client families that encourages early literacy, sensory integration, social interaction and recreational activity through planned activities
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Past Events

BEST FEST and White Cane Day 2023!

White Cane Wonderland – free family event – on Saturday, December 9th at the Nashville Public Library. Braille, white cane experiences, games, prizes and more! Presented with generous support from the Nashville Predators Foundation. Learn more at the link below!

Blind Early Services TN invites you to BEST Fest on Friday, December 15th from 6-10 pm at Liberty Hall at the Factory at Franklin. Dinner, Silent Auction, Bourbon Tasting and Live Music featuring Steven McMorran of NBC’s “The Voice” and special guests. Please consider supporting the mission of Blind Early Services TN through attendance, sponsorship and/or silent auction donation. Be sure to share this opportunity with your employer, friends and family!

VIISA INSITE Training Cohort 2023

April – October 2023
Hybrid (Virtual and Nashville, TN)
The goal of this training is for participants to gain an understanding of and to develop skills in the unique needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are blind and visually impaired and their families. This includes working with families and other service providers of these children, things to consider when assessing developmental skills and developing IFSPs and IEPs for these children, needed support services, intervention techniques and resource materials to use in all developmental areas (communication, social, daily care, motor, orientation and mobility, play, and cognition), developing use of all the senses (in particular vision, touch, and hearing), sensory processing challenge, special needs of infants and toddlers with vision impairment and additional disabilities/medical problems, and supporting transitions. Certification is provided after course completion. Thanks to a very generous grant, we are pleased to offer this year’s training for only $25 for up to 20 participants.

BEST Advocate Webinar: What Happens After Early Intervention?

March 9th, 11:30am – 1:30pm CT
Zoom
Please join us for What Happens After Early Intervention?, a two-hour, virtual training for parents or caregivers of children currently enrolled in TEIS who may be wondering about the process occurring after their child ages out of early intervention services including the new TEIS extended option. The BEST Advocate program will be offering this training on a quarterly basis to help prepare families as they approach this important transition. Especially helpful for: • Any parent or caregiver whose child is currently enrolled in TEIS • Tennessee parents or caregivers whose child will turn 3 within the next year • Families of young children with a disability (note: there will be a special section at the end of the webinar specifically for parents of children with a visual disability) • Anyone interested in the IEP process and how the transition from IFSP to IEP or 504 plan works


SOUND: Music and Sensory Play Day

September 17th 9am CT – 11am CT
Tennessee National Library and Archives
Co-sponsored FREE event for families of children ages 0-6 brought to you by BEST, Empower Music Therapy and Autism TN.

Virtual VIISA Certification Cohort 2021-22

July 2021 – March 2022
Registration currently closed

The goal of this training is for participants to gain an understanding of and to develop skills in the unique needs of infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are blind and visually impaired and their families. This includes working with families and other service providers of these children, things to consider when assessing developmental skills and developing IFSPs and IEPs for these children, needed support services, intervention techniques and resource materials to use in all developmental areas (communication, social, daily care, motor, orientation and mobility, play, and cognition), developing use of all the senses (in particular vision, touch, and hearing), sensory processing challenge, special needs of infants and toddlers with vision impairment and additional disabilities/medical problems, and supporting transitions.

Certification is provided after course completion.

Cost: $450 early registration through 5/31; Beginning in June, cost increases to $475
This fee will cover training materials sent to your home. In addition, participants will receive a two-volume set of the VIISA Curriculum for infants and young children with vision impairments.

Please review curriculum and time commitment prior to registration. In the event that interest is greater than spots available, priority will go to person currently serving or seeking to serve children with blindness and visual-impairment birth-to-three years old and birth-to-five years old.

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