My Experience with BAL A VIS X - By Rana Thomas, Nine Miles Falls School District
My journey with Bal-A-Vis-X started three years ago. I went to a two day workshop on my own where I learned the basics. I work for the entire school district and needed this to work for preschool ages through high school aged students. The workshop included adaptations for my wheelchair students and how to start with sand filled bags for my younger students. I have not come across a typical or disabled student that I cannot do some part or modification of this program with.
I recently have taken the Functional Visual Perceptual Skills Workshop. With some really simple tools this workshop has already been useful in identifying students that I would not have been able to help before attending. My hope for the future would be to get our entire staff trained through these workshops. Our students and staff would benefit greatly. My dream is to go out to recess and see every student working together and helping each other on their next challenge.
Here are some of the ways I have seen our students benefit:
Nine Mile Falls School District
Also, some interesting reading data for you. We use iReady. It’s similar to Maps testing. Last year the students we teach scored Fall Benchmark to Winter Benchmark 63% growth. This was for 5th grade pre-pandemic.
Same group of kids 6th grade Fall Benchmark to Winter Benchmark grew 107% (test taken in school).
We will need to, of course, track this over a few years, but last year our 6th graders grew 91%.
So...What’s new this year...Bal-A-VisX.
We will keep in touch.
Jenny Bell, Teacher Woodridge School District Illinois
Highbridge Learning Center
11400 E Sprague Ave
Spokane Valley, WA 99206
Jana Johnson, Teacher 509-998-6416
Cheri Johnson, OT 509-954-5114