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Real life Batman visited Bristol

A very exciting event happened this weekend;
World Access for the Blind President and Lead Perceptual Navigation Instructor Daniel Kish aka ‘Real Life Batman’ is on assignment in the UK and visited Bristol for two days, beginning Sunday, March 12 at 12 Noon.

 Families with blind or low-vision children were welcome to attend to meet and participate in a walk with Daniel to learn more about WAFTB’s FlashSonar™ Echolocation and pioneering full-length navigation cane techniques.


 Daniel Kish, a man who is completely blind and lost sight as a baby has become a pioneer in teaching blind or partially sighted children a new … Read more

POSITIVE EYE LAUNCHES A NEW PRODUCT TO DEVELOP PERCEPTUAL SKILLS

Positive Eye, the expert in providing training and resources for teachers of children with visual impairment, has developed a brand new product, Positive Looking 2. This comprehensive resource is a companion to the hugely successful Positive Looking 1, its flagship programme which helps to enhance learning and support the development of visual skills in children from birth upwards. Positive Looking is an easy to use guide that offers a comprehensive framework which any practitioner can follow to help grow the child’s abilities and accurately track progress. It is widely used throughout the UK and internationally and its simple directions and … Read more

Tactile sensory game to support a blind child’s visit to the farm

In my previous blog I wrote about how Scarlett and I had a private sensory tour of Nuzzlets, a small charity based in based near Great Ouseburn, York.   Nuzzlets objectives are to provide loving homes for unwanted animals, free access to young people for therapy and education and they specialise in visits for children with disabilities, special needs and life threatening illnesses.  If you would like to read more about our first visit please click here! I wanted to maximise this learning experience for Scarlett by creating a craft project at home which can keep her time at the farm alive in her … Read more

Helping a blind child to understand the senses at the farm

Farm animals are a perennial favourite with young children, and feature prominently in games, learning activities and early literature.  The great thing about these types of animals is that it offers children a chance to get ‘hands-on’, which can help a child who is visually impaired gain a greater understanding of how fun farm animals can be.  With lots of sensory stimulation farm’s can be an exciting place to learn. Following the success of my Christmas visit to get up close and personal with a reindeer in the post ‘When Scarlett Met Rudolph’ I wanted to try and recreate something … Read more

How to make a sensory garden box for a child who is visually impaired

With Spring in full swing and the sun beginning to peep from behind the clouds Easter is a perfect time to get out into the garden and start planting.  There are many benefits to gardening for a child who is visually impaired.  It can be a great way of introducing new sensory experiences and a very holistic way of learning about nature. Gardens are a sensory delight but much of the emphasis can be placed on the visual aspects, so I wanted to help create a small garden box for Scarlett to explore which she could appreciate using her other … Read more

Henshaws Baby Massage Sessions

Charity Henshaws are running a baby massage course at their Manchester based office. There are many benefits to baby massage for both sighted and visually impaired children.  This course aims to train up parents to be able to deliver the therapy themselves at home with their own child. Scarlett responded very well to this type of therapy when she was younger, she had problems with her posture due to her hanging her head, this in turn created problems when she had a bad chest, so I can recommend first hand baby massage. Below is a PDF with information about the course, … Read more

Giving them little paws some much needed sensory feedback!

Scarlett is a BANGER, not a tapper, patter or a knocker she uses the palm of her hand and a massive amount of brute force to bang all that her little exploratory mitts come into contact with. I am going to be honest… this relentless obsession with Scarlett’s banging has been pretty much the bain of my existence.  I tried everything to make it stop, it kept me up all night, it has got her in trouble when she has been out and about in public and bless my poor neighbour’s heart, he cheered with joy when Scarlett’s metal bed … Read more

Sensory Processing Disorders and Audio Overload- What is it and how can we prevent it?

Scarlett has always been somewhat of an enigma when it has come to working with her.  I can appreciate that all children are unique but in terms of the normal development patterns of a VI child she follows quite an unusual route.  Of course we are still working through the ‘is it autism’ debate and we are still waiting to see the right doctors to investigate this further.       Following observations by the Educational Psychologist I was recommended to read the ‘Out of Sync Child’ book by Carol Stock Kranowitz.  This book is big on the autism circuit … Read more

House as therapy toy

Ronan, like many blind children, needs the world made available to him to encourage normal development. Children at play develop mobility, hand grasp, and cognitive skills. As blind children have a different development path because of how the environment becomes available to them, they often need extra encouragement to engage in development activities. The various professionals involved in Ronan’s development have set us many tasks throughout the last year: opening and closing lids, twisting off tops, putting a single puzzle piece into a form, or matching textures. Ronan has never been one for playing with toys and he certainly does … Read more

My SPD and me – A look at Scarlett’s sensory processing disorder.

Sensory processing (sometimes called “sensory integration” or SI) is a term that refers to the way the nervous system receives messages from the senses and turns them into appropriate motor and behavioral responses. Whether you are biting into a hamburger, riding a bicycle, or reading a book, your successful completion of the activity requires processing sensation or “sensory integration.” Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD, formerly known as “sensory integration dysfunction”) is a condition that exists when sensory signals don’t get organized into appropriate responses. Scarlett was assessed using the Sensory Profile Dunn (1999).  I myself completed the questionnaire, its a standardised … Read more