Parents and Profesionals Institute

This is an in-person event.

Event Date

Embassy Suites
820 Crescent Centre Drive
Franklin, TN 37067
United States

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Contact Name
Danna Conn
Contact Phone
615-936-0262 (Voice)
Event Type
Deaf-Blind Programs,
Parent Programs

Functional Assessment of Children with Deaf-Blindness or Other Severe Challenges

Dr. Jan van Dijk is internationally-renowned in the field of DeafBlindness, pioneering the assessment and teaching processes for children with dual sensory loss and other disabilities. Since 1958, the "Grandfather of DeafBlindness" and "Father of Coactive Movement Strategies" has helped families and professionals better understand and serve children with complex needs, autism and behavior disorders through child-guided assessments, communication anticipation cues and calendar systems. Parents, caregivers and professionals will explore the van Dijk approach to assessment which focuses on the student and follows his/her lead. Learn about brain research and understand the relationship between cortical functions such as language, concept formation, and emotions. Dr. Jan van Dijk will also address the importance of how meaningful assessment guides intervention. To learn more about Dr. van Dijk go to

Registration Fee: $50.00 . Lunch will be on your own.
Families with a child on the TNDB Census are free. A limited number of hotel rooms are available at no cost to families.