Teaching and Learning Strategies for Students Who Are Blind/Visually Impaired in the Sensorimotor Stage of Development

Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the unique needs of the students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities at the sensorimotor level of development and how these students can be taught meaningful routines which become a foundation for learning new concepts.


  • Thursday, 26 July, 2018 - Friday, 27 July, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Course Code:   CPE18

Course Information

This workshop will offer practical teaching strategies for students for with visual impairments and multiple disabilities in the sensorimotor stage of development. Through lectures, videos, discussions, readings and case studies, participants will develop integrate knowledge, which canbe applied to their own students.

Participants will demonstrate an understanding of the uniqueneeds of the students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities at the sensorimotor levelof development and how these students can be taught meaningful routines which become a foundation for learning new concepts.


  • Nathalie de Wit
    Nathalie de Wit, MS., MEd., TVI, is currently the Lead Teacher in the Early Learning Center/Lower School at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown Massachusetts, USA. She has been an Assistive Technology Specialist and has taught in self-contained pre-school and elementary classrooms with students who are blind and have significant additional disabilities. She also taught in a special education middle school classroom at the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind, School for the Blind. Nathalie has co-authored the book “Getting Ready for Braille! Hands-On Activities Based on a Developmental Sequence”. Nathalie’s main interest is to further the education of students at the sensorimotor stage of development through meeting the students where they are at and applying strategies that will enhance the student’s understanding of the world in which they live and show how they are making it a better place to be.



361-365 North Rocks Road, North Rocks, New South Wales, 2151, Australia

North Rocks, Sydney, Australia Sydney is located on Australia's south-east coast. With an approximate population of 4.5 million in the Sydney metropolitan area the city is the largest municipality in Australia. Sydney is easily accessible by air, rail and road networks from other Australian cities. Located approximately 26 km north-west of the city centre, Renwick Centre is accessible via private and public transport to metropolitan areas such as Epping, Parramatta, Hornsby and the city. North Rocks is a suburban area of Sydney and is the home of the Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children since 1961.

Public Transport

There are several public transport options for getting to and from the Renwick Centre within the Sydney metropolitan area.


Cityrail train stations are located in Epping (6 km away) and Parramatta (7km away) and have connecting bus services (refer to Buses section below) to the Centre. Epping train station is on the Northern, Newcastle and Central Coast lines with a journey time of approximately 30 minutes to the city (Central, Town Hall and Wynyard stations) and 20 minutes to Strathfield or Hornsby stations. Parramatta train station offers frequent services to the city (about 40 minutes of travel time) and is located on the Western, Cumberland and Blue Mountains lines. Both stations are wheelchair accessible.


There is a bus stop directly outside the RIDBC campus - services to Epping and Macquarie Centre - and another across the road outside the Westfield Shopping Centre for services to Parramatta and Blacktown. For latest info on these routes, please visit the Sydney Buses website.
Route Destination Wheelchair Accessible
549 Epping Most
546 Epping via Carlingford Most
546/549 Parramatta Most
630 Macquarie Centre No
630 Blacktown No
610/619* City Few
610/619* Rouse Hill Few
* Access to these bus services is from the M2 motorway at Barclay Road bus stop, a 20 minute walk (1.4 km) from the Centre.

Sydney Airport

Sydney Airport has domestic and international terminals and is approximately 35 km south-east of the Renwick Centre. Cityrail train stations are located within the domestic and international terminals. To get to the centre, you will need to change trains at Central to an Epping or Parramatta service and then either take a taxi or bus the remaining distance to the centre. Journey time by public transport is approximately 90-120 minutes.


Companies providing a taxi service in the Sydney area include Premier Cabs (Phone: 13 10 17), Silver Service (Phone: 133 100), Taxis Combined (Phone: 8332 8888) and RSL Cabs (Phone: 132 211).


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