For all of the parents and families of children who are blind or low vision, I want to introduce you to a new book in the Dragon Masters series. If you haven’t heard of the series yet, you should, because it offers short adventures through an imaginative mythical world filled with children paired with magical … Continued
When your child is struggling to use utensils, you become the occupational therapist. When your child has difficulty walking, you become the physical therapist. When people in the world don’t understand your child, you become their advocate, and when your child doesn’t have a TVI, well, you become that too. I’ve spent the last nine … Continued
Starting the Journey Every child travels a unique path. From the time they are born and as they grow, every child sets out on a personal journey, guided by parents, teachers, mentors, and others. But when your child is born blind or begins to lose their vision, parents are faced with making decisions that they … Continued
COVID-19 has turned our lives upside-down. In our house, one of the biggest challenges we face is continuing education for our son who is blind. Joshua is ten years old and in the 4th grade. We adopted Joshua three years ago from China. Prior to his adoption, Joshua did not have any opportunity to learn … Continued
By Kelli Shubert I am sure most of you will never forget the day your child received a diagnosis that literally rocked your world at that very moment. The doctors gave me hope of healing and I hung onto that for a little while. The day her ophthalmologist looked at me and told me that … Continued
You should have seen her—my nine-year-old daughter “washed her hands” after coming in for dinner. My inner dialogue: Wait, what?! Is that how she’s been washing her hands? Does she realize she rinsed off the soap before scrubbing? It’s time to go back to the basics. That’s just scary. COVID-19 is here and it feels … Continued
I’m a strong advocate for Braille literacy. It can bridge the gaps that many people with low vision face. When my parents brought me home from the hospital, they thought I was a very typical, healthy baby and they joyfully expected that very soon I’d learn to recognize their faces and the world around me. … Continued
Recommended age for this lesson: 2+ Skills to work on in this activity: Daily LivingMathReading Comprehension (If paired with an App: Assistive Technology Ex: iOS: SeeingAI or Android: EnvisionAI)Following DirectionsO&MTactual Discrimination APH Products that supplement this activity: Tactile Town and Guidebook (for creating a large tactile map)Picture Maker (for a small tactile Explorer Bright Ray … Continued
In an effort to provide some context to Eddie’s days, with help from school, we’ve set up a schedule for him.
When my son, Eddie, is home for days without structure or routine, he becomes a hot mess. We get nervous gearing up for spring break every year. Last week, before the world stood still, we even had his teacher and speech language therapist pay us a home visit to help set-up a schedule for unstructured days. They gave us tactile symbols for his favorite restaurant and shopping establishments…and now those can’t even be used.