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1.        Chairperson of the Education and ECD Committee Susan Bam Blind SA Cell: 079 871 6628 Email: susanmbam@gmail.com   2.        Parents’ Network Letter BlindSA Family, teachers  and professionals who are interested in the development of children with visual impairment, can subscribe to this free quarterly network letter. It is also available in Xhosa –…

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PARENTS’ NETWORK LETTER

Editor:  RETHA STASSEN Contact details:  E-mail:  retha.work@gmail.com   Cell no/SMS/WhatsApp:      082-442-0467   Dear parents, teachers, and other interested persons Hopefully the less restrictive regulations enable all the schools and professionals to continue with their valuable work supporting families with babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and scholars who are visually impaired. You are welcome to contact us for…

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

These are some quotes from visually impaired people about their enjoyment of nature. “Sight is only one of our five senses. And while many people think it is tragic that some children have a visual impairment, it does not have to limit these children’s experience of the beauty of nature or that they have less…

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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 children with visual impairment 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…

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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

Disabilities can make getting dressed independently difficult for your child. These skills can take longer to develop than for other children their age. In fact, your child might always need some assistance. But if you’re ready to teach them to do as much as possible by themselves, these tips will help. Why You Need to…

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How to Potty Train a Blind or Visually Impaired Toddler

Potty training a toddler can be quite a difficult task, but it’s even harder when they have a visual disability. They may have a difficult time finding their way to the potty, understanding what the potty is for, and knowing when it’s time to go. While the visual disability may pose some different challenges, that…

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Independence Training of the Visually Impaired Child

It is very important that we strive for independence for children with visual impairment. Family and friends tend to feel sorry for them and do everything for them. This not only deprives them of becoming independent human beings but also has a negative influence on their self-image. We should spend as much time as possible…

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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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