Today is National Libraries Day!
Here at throughscarlettseyes.com we are going to be using today to look at the various ways children who have a visual impairment access their local libraries.
This first post has been brought to us by a parent who became tired of the fact that her children were unable to access the literature at their local library.
It is a great story, that proves that perseverance is everything! It does also highlight some issues of access. Do you have any experiences with your own local libraries that you would like to share?
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National Libraries Day 3rd February 2016
Do you struggle to find suitable books for your children in your local Library? Do you have any experiences to share when it comes to getting the resources/equipment stocked in your library that could share with other parents? Do you know of any alternative ways in which children who are visually impaired can appreciate literacy.
If so we would love to hear from you, libraries should be fun places for all children regardless of how well they can see.
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How can you really teach a blind child about large dangerous animals like tigers? The Oregon Zoo brings blind students in to touch animals when they are anesthetized for their annual checkups and teeth cleanings... and the kids can really get their hands on these animals! http://www.wonderbaby.org/news/blind-students-touch-tiger
Enter our Easter art competition and your picture could be displayed in the House of Parliament!
We've been given some space in the Houses of Parliament for a week in March and we want to show MPs how creative children and young people are, and the difference that habilitation can make.
Find out more about the competion and enter! http://bit.ly/1QmMTo0
Open the templates http://bit.ly/1WtIbp5
I have been contacted by a parent looking for advice:
"Our 4 year old son is experiencing night terrors. He's had them in the past, but they've become quite severe these last few nights. We're aware that sleep can be effected by sight loss. So, we're thinking that perhaps his night terrors are being amplified because of this. We just wonder if any other parents have been/are going through the same thing. It's awful to watch our son thrashing his little body around and screaming, knowing there's nothing we can do to comfort him. If anyone is unsure of what a night terror is, this is a link to information from the NHS http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/night-terrors/Pages/Introduction.aspx"
Can anyone help or has anyone been through a similar experience?
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Nancy KrumakerPoor baby, and Parents. Our VI 11 year old still gets them but not often any more.. At 4 He's still young but maybe these ideas can help. We make ( pretend ) Super Hero spray, to scare the nightmares away. You can mix water and a little Lavender oil in a spray bottle. We also make sure She drinks a glass of water before bed. I don't know why but it seems to help.We also use a vaporizer at night. Also because She's older We hang Dream catcher's. I really hope this helps,1 · 2 weeks ago
Catrina FrostMy son has them horribly! Thankfully they only lasted for a few weeks. I would take him out of his room and bring him in the living room. The only thing that seem to soothe him was food! I would give him a banana which also helps with sleep. I use to Spray some Lavender oil mixed with water on his pillow before bed as well. I hope this helps and your baby can get thru this quickly. I know it can be so scary! Xo2 weeks ago
10 thinks you probably don't know about Braille!
Most people who are blind don’t know braille. According to a 2009 study by the National Federation of the Blind, only 10 percent of Americans with blindness can read braille. That number has been falling as more people with visual impairments use audio books, voice-recognition software and other technology to read and write. However, the same study found that braille-literate people are more likely to attain higher levels of education and be employed.
Proving that the holiday season is more about giving than receiving, students at a Bay City elementary school raised more than $7,000 to purchase their blind classmate a BrailleNote computer, allowing him to read, type, email and most importantly, learn.
Give the gift of choice! Your child can choose from thousands of large print books using a CustomEyes large print books gift certificate. They are the ideal Christmas present, birthday gift or 'just because' present.
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Near enough caught up now everyone!
Here is day number 7 of our 12 days of Christmas Event!
For those of you who aren't aware the charity VICTA Children are the reason the whole throughscarlettseyes.com project is possible, they believed in what I wanted to do and have supported me wonderfully from the beginning.
I will never forget the day I met with Tracie Tappenden and they took me on as a member of the Victa Milton Keynes team, it really has been a turning point in my life and I really do love the job that I do.
Victa Milton Keynes do so many wonderful things for so many children and young people and 2015 hasn't been an exception!
Here is a break down of what Victa Milton Keynes have achieved in 2015 in a blog created by my office sidekick Emily McMillan x ... See MoreSee Less
Christmas is a great time to reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened during the year! I've kept lots of journals for Scarlett to look back on as she in unable to look back on photo albums, and my word Scarlett has had one fantastic 2015, she has been involved in so many great projects and has made some giant leaps developmentally!
Here is Scarlett's highlights of 2015 :)
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I've had a couple of days off over the weekend enjoying copious amounts of festive fun with Scarlett and Sonny :)
So here's a catch up post of day 5 of the Through Scarlett's Eyes 12 days event!
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