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Disability Awareness Training with the Beavers!

With Sonny’s Beaver Troop working towards their Disability Awareness Badge, I thought it would be a great opportunity to teach them about all things visual impairment. Raising awareness early I feel should be the first port of call and the best way to eradicate any stigma attached to disabilities. It is especially helpful in children of such a young age as it can help form the fundamentals of their belief system. When planning my session I found a very helpful post from the Wonderbaby website that looked at teaching about blindness in sighted classrooms, if you would like to read … 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

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

Changing states: Oobleck slime

Selecting one appropriate from list of experiments available from the British Science Week website, I decided something that involved getting her hands messy would be a good start! Messy play that is not only Scientific but also very valuable for children who have complex needs like Scarlett.  If you would like to read more about the benefits of messy play please click here to read the article provided by Janet Harewood, head of services. Today myself and Scarlett looked at changing states and made some very messy slime!   What you need: Large mixing bowl/tray Cornflour Water Food colouring (optional) … Read more

Explaining things to a child who is blind and has mixed receptive-expressive language issues

A recent conversation with a friend with regards to his daughter’s thumb sucking made me think an awful lot about how I am going to wean Scarlett full time off her dummy.  With teeth falling out left right and center and adult ones starting to come through and the desire for me to slowly but surely wean her off some of her childhood comforts that can be seen to some extent to hinder her development and growth. I have read lots on the topic of dummy sucking and I expect when I was in mother earth mode and prior to … Read more

The Orange Juice-ness of Orange Juice

About two months ago we attended VICTA’s Early Years Weekend at New College Worcester. We had the opportunity to attend a workshop by Gwyn of Positive Eye. She spent a lot of time talking about and demonstrating how you get the -ness of an object: the spoon-ness of spoon or the shoe-ness of shoe. I spent the last month pondering how we could do this with Ronan. As much as Ronan loves playing with the world – flushing the toilet, turning on the washing machine, climbing up and down his chair – it is hard to engage him in more structured, … Read more

Christmas Spinner – Festive game for your child who is visually impaired and the whole family- by Gwyn from Positive Eye

Nothing says Christmas more than fun filled family nights around the dining table playing board games.  In this video submitted by Gwyn from Positive Eye she demonstrates how we can use an Ikea Lazy Sue which can be easily adapted to create a festive themed game which can be enjoyed not only by the child who has a visual impairment but also something that the whole family can get involved with. Recordable sound pegs, an Ikea Lazy Sue and lots of imagination this game which is quickly and easily created can provide hours of fun and also lots of learning … Read more

Festive education- Creative literacy and numeracy ideas on the theme of ‘Frozen’

Creating a holistic approach based on a theme or story enables children who are visually impaired to access and enjoy literacy and numeracy activities in a meaningful way. The film ‘Frozen’ has been tremendously popular with many children. The following are accessible, creative, fun ideas and suggestions to bring the story alive and to make it meaningful for children with visual impairments. The ideas offer a starting point and can all be adapted to suit the individual visual needs of the child you are working with. Frozen Story Bucket, Ice Palace and Marshmallow Snow Monster You need: Plastic bucket Bucket … Read more

Christmas Basket of Magic- by Gwyn from Positive Eye

In this wonderful video provided by Gwyn from Positive Eye she shows us how to make a festive themed treasure basket.  Christmas is a very sensory time of year with all the exciting textures smells sights and sounds.  Treasure baskets are used as an effective learning tool by many teachers of the visual impaired. Treasure Baskets are particularly relevant for babies and young children who have a vision impairment (VI) because they can offer a range of direct hands-on sensory experiences. It is a simple, fun and very effective way of enriching the early experiences of children with VI and … Read more