Self-protection techniques – are methods taught to visually impaired children to help avoid their body from coming into contact with obstacles. Either arm can be used in combination with upper or lower protective techniques. In upper protective technique the arm is held across the upper body with the elbow bent and the palm facing forward. In the lower protective technique the arm is held across the middle of the body with the elbow straight and the palm facing inward.
We encourage Scarlett to use this technique very basically. Due to her age and developmental delay explaining to Scarlett why it is necessary to keep her arms in a certain position is quite difficult.
Regardless of the communication problems we always encourage Scarlett to keep her hands up, to help protect her face from things she might walk in to…. which she does quite a lot! But with lots of perseverance Scarlett does respond to the ‘put your hands up Scarlett’ command, which is brilliant. We have spent time actually physically moving Scarlett’s hands into the position, so I think the combination of telling her what she needs to do teamed with positioning her hands has helped Scarlett to move around more safely.
We’ve definitely avoided lots of impacts by using this technique!