Mother and daughter smiling for camera, both wearing sunglasses, daughter wearing big floppy hat
Young boy at a table laughing

Online Learning for Kids who are Blind or Visually Impaired In Midst of the Coronavirus Pandemic

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

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Teaching Your Child Who is Blind or Visually Impaired About Viruses and Handwashing

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

A blue plastic easter Egg lays open on a table with an egg shaped birdseed treat between the two halves.

Have an Easter Egg Hunt for the Birds!

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

Eddie smiling while swinging on a swing set
Eddie wearing headphones, smiling

Spring Break Extended

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.