Training Programs

SKI-HI, INSITE, and VIISA are resource curricula that were developed under the Office of Special Education Programs grants to the SKI-HI Institute at Utah State University.  They are recognized and used in more than two-thirds of the United States as statewide early intervention models.  From their inception, they were designed to be implemented in partnership with families, providing them with the most current information and support relative to their child with special needs.

Specifically, the SKI-HI curriculum is used for families with children ages 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing.  The Vision In-Service in American (VIISA) curriculum is used for families with children ages 3-5 who are blind/visually impaired. The In-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) curriculum is used for families with children ages 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing, and/or blind/visually impaired with additional disabilities. Florida has certified state trainers in all three models. The Parent Infant Program (PIP) at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) is the lead agency.

VIISA 3 – 5 Certification

The FSDB Parent Services program offers a two-part Vision In-Service in American (VIISA 3 – 5) course, which provides in-service training to Florida Department of Education professionals; school district personnel; university affiliates; Florida Division of Blind Services child counselors; varying exceptionality teachers, vision specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language professionals, and early intervention personnel who currently work with, or are interested in working with, families of young blind/visually impaired children. Topics covered include:

  • Family-centered partnerships
  • Vision assessment and implications
  • Tactile and braille skills development
  • Learning through the senses
  • Cognition and concept development
  • Orientation and mobility skills development
  • Assessment tools and strategies
  • Support services and resources
  • Transition to center-based programs

Learn more about 2017 VIISA 3-5 training opportunities.

VIISA B – 3 Certification

The FSDB Parent Services program offers a two-part Vision Impaired In-Service in American (VIISA 3 – 5) course, which provides in-service training to Florida Department of Education professionals; school district personnel; university affiliates; Florida Division of Blind Services child counselors; varying exceptionality teachers, vision specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language professionals, and early intervention personnel who work serving infants and toddlers birth to three with blindness and visual impairments. Topics covered include:

  • Understanding Visual Impairments and Effect on Learning
  • Medical Aspects and Implications
  • Eye Specialists and Eye Reports
  • Functional Vision Assessments
  • Encouraging the Use of Functional Vision
  • Active Learning
  • Use of Touch and Hearing
  • Interaction with Objects, Play, Cognition

 Learn more about 2018 VIISA B-3 training opportunities.

INSITE Certification

The FSDB Parent Services program also offers a two-part In-home Sensory Impaired Training and Education (INSITE) training course for special education, early intervention, early childhood, speech and language, and education of the deaf professionals, as well as occupational and physical therapists.  Topics covered include:

  • Working with families – partnerships, grief, communication, family dynamics, culture, teaming, eco-maps, and family-focused interviews
  • Deaf/hard of hearing – etiology, audiograms, hearing aids, cochlear implants, auditory development, language methodologies, and communication interaction
  • Blind/vision impairments – etiology, medical vision reports, adapting for and optimizing vision environments, functional vision assessments
  • Basic communication and cognition – cues, signals, informal and formal
  • Motor development – gross and fine, feeding, positioning, and self-help
  • Application of the model – getting around in the natural environment, assessment, family writing outcomes, assessment and evaluation, IFSP development, and transition to center-based programs

 Learn more about 2017 INSITE training opportunities.

SKI-HI Certification

The FSDB Parent Services program also offers a two-part SKI-HI training course. The SKI-HI curriculum offers research-based content and unbiased resources for professionals involved in the provision of family-oriented programming to families with children 0-5 who are deaf/hard of hearing.

Training is available to Florida Department of Education professionals, school district personnel, university affiliates, and infant/toddler development specialists as well as deaf education, speech and Language, special education, and early childhood education personnel who are currently working with or interested in working with families of young deaf/hard of hearing families. Topics covered include:

  • Family-centered partnerships
  • Early language development
  • Hearing aids/cochlear implants
  • Literacy programming
  • Language methodologies
  • Natural environments and routines
  • Assessment tools and strategies
  • Support services and resources
  • Transition to center-based programs

Learn more about 2018 SKI-HI training opportunities.

Download the registration form for 2017-2018 SKI-HI, VIISA, and INSITE training opportunities.