The Hybrid Model of Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. To keep our faces toward change and behave like free spirits in the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.” – Helen Keller
The journey of teaching children with visual and sensory impairments is as much about the tools and techniques as it is about the heart and soul poured into every lesson. This intricate balance is masterfully maintained by Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. (SBES), whose hybrid model promises a bright future for students with blindness, low vision, and deafblindness.
1. The Human Touch
At the very core of SBES lies the irreplaceable value of human connection. The teachers, Interveners, and VI Paraprofessionals build deep, meaningful relationships with each student, ensuring both emotional and academic support. This commitment to the human element ensures that every child feels valued and understood, making the educational journey as emotionally enriching as it is academically rigorous.
2. Embracing Technology Early On
For children with visual impairments, assistive technology becomes their window to the world. Familiarity with tools such as screenreaders, braille displays, braille notetakers, and low vision magnification devices is crucial. These aren’t mere tools but pathways to independence and empowerment. In a rapidly advancing tech world, mastery over these devices becomes a non-negotiable asset for future success. When students embrace their technology by using it for their VI lessons, they are building pathways to success as they move forward in their education.
3. Hybrid Model: The Best of Both Worlds
SBES’s hybrid model synergizes traditional face-to-face instruction with teleteaching. This two-pronged approach brings multiple benefits:
- Flexibility: Teleteaching dismantles geographical barriers, enabling experts to connect with students wherever they are.
- Individual Attention: Be it in-person or through a screen, the focus remains on providing a tailored education experience.
- Digital Fluency: The consistent exposure to online tools ensures that students gain adeptness with various digital platforms, prepping them for a tech-integrated future.
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4. A Team Steeped in Expertise
With decades of experience, the TVIs and O&Ms at SBES bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the field of visual impairment. This diverse and skilled team ensures a holistic educational approach, marrying tactile and auditory methodologies with the latest in assistive technology.
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5. Powering Through with Technology
SBES’s commitment to hybrid teaching isn’t merely about being trendy. It’s about leveraging the immense potential of technology. Modern platforms offer real-time feedback, a plethora of resources, and, crucially, tools tailored for students with visual and sensory impairments, creating a dynamic and adaptive learning environment.
6. Preparing for the Future
The professional and academic worlds are shifting towards a digital-first paradigm. SBES’s hybrid model ensures students with visual and sensory impairments are ready. By integrating state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies, the students are prepped for both higher education and professional environments.
Sonja Biggs Educational Services, Inc. isn’t just an institution; it’s a revolution in special education. The hybrid model is a testament to SBES’s forward-thinking approach, which seeks to combine the warmth of human touch with the efficiency of technology. Through this blend of heart and innovation, SBES is not just teaching; it’s empowering.