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How do you describe the beauty of mother nature to a blind child?

Sight is only one of our five senses.  And while what you describe (a blind child) is tragic, it does not have to limit the child’s experience of the beauty of nature to the point that he/she can have less of an understanding of the world around him/her.  To describe in words what we see…

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LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT – THE ABILITY TO TALK AND COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS

Delayed speech – Why? Pre-Verbal Stage Visual impairment inhibits the language development of a baby. In the beginning babies babble. A visually impaired baby will also do this, but after a while they will stop as it interferes with their hearing. Before a baby starts talking, they use other ways to communicate with others. They…

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ENVIRONMENTAL KNOWLEDGE ( DISCOVERING THE WORLD AROUND YOU)

It can often be hard for your child to fill in the gaps or to fully understand what’s going on around them. That is why, especially when they are little, they need your help to explain to them how the world works or how people accomplish simple tasks. Your child will also need you to…

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COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Children develop thinking skills by having numerous opportunities to play with the people and objects around them. Any activity which helps a child learn, gives them new ways to think about the world. Most children who can see begin to learn thinking skills at about the following ages: Between 6 and 9 months, babies learn…

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HOW TO TEACH YOUR CHILD WITH SPECIAL NEEDS TO DRESS INDEPENDENTLY

Editor’s note: Most of the content for this article is taken from the article on the first link BELOW, but I have also taken excerpts from two other webpages which links are indicated underneath the title above. Disabilities can make getting dressed independently difficult for your child. These skills can take longer to develop than…

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How to Potty Train a Blind or Visually Impaired Toddler

1. Figuring Out if Your Toddler is Ready 1 2. Potty Training Your Toddler 2 3. Making the Training Easier 4   Potty training a toddler can be quite a difficult task, but it’s even harder when he/she has a visual disability. They may have a difficult time finding their way to the potty, understanding…

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Independence Training of the Visually Impaired Child

1. Orientation and mobility 1 2. Eating 2 a) General principles 2 b) Eating with hands 2 c) Eating with a spoon 3 d) Eating with a fork 3 e) Start using a knife 3 f) Eating with a knife and fork 3 3. Drinking out of a cup or mug 4 4. Dressing and…

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CREATING EDUCATIONAL TOYS AND ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE BLIND OR VISUALLY IMPAIRED

JENNIFER UROSEVIC ORIENTATION AND MOBILITY INSTRUCTOR EARLY INTERVENTION SPECIALIST CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND LEE-ANNE CROSS EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATOR EARLY INTERVENTION SPECIALIST CANADIAN NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR THE BLIND INTRODUCTION 6 THE MONTESSORI APPROACH 7 LILLI NIELSEN’S ACTIVE LEARNING APPROACH 7 SOURCE DISCLAIMER 8 SAFETY DISCLAIMER 8 ACTIVITIES 9 1. NESTING BOXES 9 2. CURLER…

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Activities to Keep the Little Ones Busy

Parents are always looking for something fun (and preferably educational) for children to do, but it can be difficult to find projects or outings that are appropriate for a young child who is blind. So we adapt the activities that we find online, ask our friends for ideas and make up some of our own.…

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VI Child safety at home

All children require a safe environment at home . However, if you have a child with visual impairment, or you are a blind or partially sighted parent, it may be helpful to take some extra precautions to make sure your house is free from hazards for your children. Children are naturally inquisitive and it is…

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