28 episodes

An Orientation and Mobility Specialist's roadmap to increasing their students' independence while staying sane in the work place.

A Step Forward Kassandra Maloney

    • Education

An Orientation and Mobility Specialist's roadmap to increasing their students' independence while staying sane in the work place.

    28. Resources for Teaching Online with Charlotte Cushman

    28. Resources for Teaching Online with Charlotte Cushman

    At this day and age,  it is so essential that you are taking the time for yourself to continue your professional development and reaching out to seek information that will help guide you and help you succeed. And what better way for us to spend our free time at the moment than to enrich our minds and ourselves with positive and helpful information. But where do you go? And are these resource materials easily accessible?

    This has been a crazy time for people everywhere. We are trying to cope with changes that are happening so quickly. As a parent and a teacher, we are still expected to continue teaching our kids and our students at a distance. This is all the more challenging if you need to teach students who are visually impaired. Is there a way to hit both of these seemingly impossible obstacles with one stone, so to speak?

    Join me and the amazing Charlotte Cushman as we discuss strategies that you can adopt to have a productive teaching session each time as well as how Virtual Excel Academy can help you become the most effective virtual teacher you can possibly be for your visually impaired students. 

    Find the rest of the show notes on our Allied Independence blog page.




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    • 23 min
    27. Virtual Teaching from Home with Your Kids There

    27. Virtual Teaching from Home with Your Kids There

    Are you about to start a new online teaching career but have children of your own at home as well? Are you excited to start this new career but but dread having to wrangle your children together to keep the peace?

    Let's get real and talk about how to handle your day so you can be an effective online teacher.

    Hopefully, today's episode is gonna be fun and a little insightful because this is something that I've been working with and dealing with for two years now. 

    Find the rest of the show notes on our Allied Independence blog page.


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    • 20 min
    26. Staying Happy In A Time Of Uncertainty With Kristin Messegee

    26. Staying Happy In A Time Of Uncertainty With Kristin Messegee

    At this time of uncertainty, turmoil and chaos, our circumstances appear to be grim and hopeless.  So, what are you thinking about right now? What are your worries? Is happiness a possibility at this time? And how can we get there?

    My friend, I am happy to say that yes, it is absolutely possible. In fact, this is the perfect time for you to be learning new skills for how to manage our mind and process what is happening right now so that our thoughts and emotions result in positive actions.

    So please join me and my good friend Kristin Messegee, a life coach for Enneagram Sixes in today’s episode. You will love her inputs on how to achieve authentic happiness by controlling your thoughts. You will also learn more about The Model and how it can have a profound effect on your life.

    Find the rest of the show notes on our Allied Independence blog page.


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    • 41 min
    25. How To Know What Kind Of AMD Your Student Need

    25. How To Know What Kind Of AMD Your Student Need

    What kind of Adaptive Mobility Device (AMD) does my student need? How will I know when they are ready for a different type, or to transition to a long cane? 

    In this episode, we break down what AMDs are, the types of AMD's, and how to know which type is right for your students. 

    Find the rest of the show notes on our Allied Independence blog page. 


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    • 26 min
    24. Help! My students' skills are still not emerging

    24. Help! My students' skills are still not emerging

    Every single teacher, parent, person in themselves wants to see their skills improving. However, it can be frustrating when we don't see these skills emerging fast enough. It's okay to feel that way because that means that you care.  However, you can’t help but ask yourself, What could be causing this? Am I doing something wrong?

    So in this episode, I’d like to have a little real heart to heart talk with you about what to do when your students skills are not emerging. We will address the questions above and we will also talk about how the pyramid of learning framework can help with your student’s development.


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    • 17 min
    23. From Lost in a Bathroom to Independent(ish) Traveler

    23. From Lost in a Bathroom to Independent(ish) Traveler

    Have you ever had a student who got lost easily? In 13+ years of teaching Orientation and Mobility, there has been one student who has had so much trouble with spatial awareness, that she got lost in the bathroom stall.  

    This episode will give you a sneak peek of these techniques which I’m sure you will find useful to help our Orientation and Mobility students become more independent travelers.


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    • 20 min

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