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IDEAS AND RESOURCES FOR VIISA AND INSITE TRAINERS

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Teaching Life Differently: The Expanded Core Curriculum for Babies and Young Children with Visual Impairment is available from Perkins School for the Blind, www.Perkins.org. It was developed and photographed at Anchor Center for Blind Children in Denver, CO. It covers nine core areas which address the goal of becoming competent, contributing members of the community, with supports as necessary for children who are visually impaired. These core areas include sensory efficiency, independent living, orientation and mobility, social skills, recreation and leisure, self-determination, assistive technology, compensatory skills and career education. This manual beautifully discusses and depicts through words and pictures how the ECC can be addressed with young children, birth to five who are blind/visually impaired using a variety of rich, hands-on experiences.

 

Here are some DVDs that you might find helpful in training:

Help Your Child See is a 22-minute presentation that provides specific information on the different stages of visual development in your children with ocular impairments. It also describes key principles to incorporate into daily routines to encourage the child to use vision.

Orientation and Mobility, Moving toward Independence: The Early Years is a 25-minute video that overviews what O&M should include for very young children along with ways to work on these skills. Both DVDs are available for a small fee from the bookstore at BC Children’s Hospital. Contact C&W Bookstore, 4480 Oak Street, Room K2-126, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6H 3V4, 1-800-331-1533 or email bookstore@cw.bc.ca.

Here are some resources on Cortical Visual Impairment:

The Website: www.cviscotland.org is very good. You can view a video made by a teenage boy who has CVI on this site or see it on YouTube. He talks about what it is like to see with his visual processing issues. His name is Alfie Fox. There are many excellent visuals and explanations of different visual challenges that children and youth with CVI face. The Website is worth spending time in.

Another site is www.strategytosee. Ideas for intervention, environmental modifications, and ways to adapt books for children with CVI are provided. There is a book and information on trainings offered by the professionals who run this site. The Texas School for the Blind website, www.tsbvi.edu has a nice series of video training clips on Dr. Roman's CVI phases.

A third site on CVI is www.littlebearsees.org. They have created some new simple iPad apps to use with young children with CVI which can be purchased on this Website.

For some ideas on homemade books to make for children with CVI click here to download.

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