The day I saw my daughter play

Scarlett my beautiful six year old angel of a daughter is blind, she has no useful vision, as she has grown older it has become very clear that she has a variety of very complex needs, she may be on the autism spectrum, she is none verbal and has difficulties around social and communication areas and she is developmentally delayed. Will more things become apparent as she gets older? Perhaps! The complex nature of my daughters disabilities and the cognitive processing issues Scarlett has she outstandingly oozes with personality. Until she came along I didn’t realise the level of communication and connection that can be … Read more

Visit to a birds of prey centre with a child who is blind

  Following on from my previous post which looked at a multi-sensory approach to developing the concept of a bird with a child who is blind and who has additional complex learning needs ‘Explaining the concept of a bird to a child that is blind – All things bird’ I finished off the bird experience with Scarlett with an Easter Holiday day out to Vale Royal Falconry to further explore birds. Prior to going to the centre I made sure I contacted ahead and explained to them what Scarlett’s needs were including her level of vision and her additional needs. … Read more

Explaining the concept of a bird to a child who is blind- ‘All things bird’

With spring finally here and new baby animals being born every day, I thought this would be a good time to work with Scarlett with an animal to help her further understand what a bird is. Last year we visited Nuzzlets therapy farm and that allowed Scarlett to explore a whole plethora of animals, so this spring time I wanted to re-visit the concept animals and go into greater detail with Scarlett about the concept of a bird. So to do this we did a number of activities which centred around birds: Bird sounds Bird songs Bird stories Bird based sensory … Read more

Making a Spring Tree

We have invited spring into our home with an Easter tree! We cut a branch of the prettiest smelling blossom we could find (with permission!), and then made our own base using plastic cups, stones from the garden and tin foil. You can let your imagination run will with your decorations, we brought some good value chicks and eggs from a local craft shop and made good use of our glue gun. The kids made the plans for the decoration but of course a grown-up will need to use the hot glue gun. We plan to add to it with pressed … Read more

Night, Night with Perkins Panda

A goodnight story is ingrained in me as something that a parent does with their child. However, Ronan has resisted any book and would always close the book if one tried to read it. Christmas brought Perkins Panda to our house and that goodnight story to our bedtime routine. Perkins Panda is a series of three books along with a matching stuffed bear (or rather Panda). His nobbly nose can be felt in the first book as well as on the bear. The second book keeps Ronan busy getting him to fill up Perkin’s backpack with accoutrements for a picnic … Read more

Creating textured eggs with a child who is blind

With Easter time looming this gives plenty of opportunity to create some multi sensory themed textured eggs.  There are masses of ideas on the internet to creat not only textured eggs but noisy ones too, here is mine and Scarlett’s textured eggs project:     What you need: Plastic or fake foam eggs (much easier to work with than real) Gems Stickers Pipe cleaners Fury material Feathers Rice Pasta Bird Food How to create: For the purposes of our textured eggs project I decided I wanted to incorporate an additional learning element, so when I decorated the eggs I made … Read more

Creative Story Bucket Challenge- ‘We’re Going on a Windy Leaf Hunt’- by Sensory Education and Support Team, Lincolnshire.

Introduction: We discussed the story bucket challenge with our VI colleagues. We decided to create a theme bucket rather than a single story. Initially we planned seasons and weather, however as the subject is vast we needed a skip rather than a bucket for all the resources! This bucket is intended to cover autumn and wind. Our intention is to create further buckets to cover other seasons and types weather. Materials: Bucket. Bucket apron. Soft toy forest animals. Books- ‘We’re going on a leaf hunt’ by Steve Metzger, Wind book – by Carol Thompson (both from wordery website). Selection of … Read more

Creative Story Buckets 2017 ‘We’re Going on a Polar Bear Hunt’ By Sélène Hinton, Carlton Digby School

Introduction This story bucket is based on a sensory story from the Twinkl website. It follows the pattern of the popular story ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ but with a polar bear theme. The obstacles involve sensory experiences which encourage pupils with PMLD and SLD (including those with visual impairment) to communicate.     Materials: Chime bells for the ‘uh-oh’ bit before each obstacle. A drum for the ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ bit. Crackling foot spray and sculpting bath foam for a ‘snow drift’ experience. Fluffy snow balls and trays of insta-snow for the ‘snow storm’. Ice cubes … Read more

Scarlett’s Sunflower Race 2017

We had so much fun with our sunflower race last year and are excited to be launching it once again. We will be measuring our sunflowers slightly differently this year by comparing their height with a set series of household items. All will be revealed when you receive your entry packs! We will be asking you to share your photos once your flower reaches each of the marker heights. The sunflower to reach the final marker first will be victorious! There will be a prize for the winner and also some runners up treats for the families who share the most photos. … Read more

Accessible Science Outings

Inspired by British Science Week we have been scouring the internet for accessible Science Centres for young people who are blind or partially sighted and their families. We found a few events which sound fantastic, such as special events at the Science Museum in London. We also a few venues which didn’t offer a lot of information online for visitors with a visual impairment. Here is our summary of what we found, please add any we have missed in the comments or let us know if you have visited any of the mentioned venues and what you thought! It would also … Read more