The INSITE (IN-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education) project offers home-based support and resources for families with infants, toddlers and preschoolers, age birth to five, with sensory impairments and additional disabilities (MDSI). Through the INSITE training, participants become familiar with intervention strategies and materials appropriate for use with this population of children in all areas of development and programming. They also learn about the other agencies and service providers in their state that can be of help to them.
The training covers topics in the manual described below along with some additional areas such as sensory processing issues, early literacy, use of touch, CVI and early orientation and mobility. The training combines onsite sessions with home-study assignments where participants apply what they learn with actual children on their current caseloads who are deafblind or who have sensory impairments with additional disabilities.
The INSITE Resource Manual contains information and activities for families on early communication, vision, hearing, motor, daily care, and cognition/play. Additional information on gathering data for the IFSP, child assessment, program planning, family issues, and psychoemotional support for families is included in the manual.
Training and technical assistance are available for those interested in implementing INSITE. Contact Elizabeth Dennison, (435) 797-5593, for more information about INSITE.