You want to intentionally teach your child orientation and mobility skills, so you invite your child who is blind or visually impaired on motivating excursions such as practicing a trick-or-treat route or walking to the neighborhood park.
To help your child orient to the area and to provide instruction in utilizing a map, you decide to create a tactile map.
But let’s face it—if, like me, you’re lacking a crafty side, the thought of creating a map that your child who is blind or visually impaired can utilize is a wee bit overwhelming. The good news is there are tactile map-making kits such as APH’s Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit; the bad news is two-fold.
- You may not own a tactile diagramming kit
- Your tactile diagramming kit may not create a permanent tactile map, which is what you want to create today
Enter FamilyConnect’s new article: Creating a DIY Tactile Map for Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired. It’s here to save the day.
Read it to learn:
- Key factors to consider when making a tactile map
- Suggested supplies
- Appropriate situations for creating a tactile map
You’ll do great! It may not look pretty, but we non-crafters can sigh with relief… it doesn’t need to look pretty!