Communication for Young Children with Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities

What was your child’s first word?  This question seems innocent enough, but it caused a great deal of heartache for me every time someone asked it. With respect to my daughter Mary, that first word was never spoken. Throughout our years in Early Intervention, we focused a great deal of effort and energy on encouraging … Continued

Vision and Your Child’s Development

Before I was a Teacher of Students with Visual Impairments (TVI), I became a parent to a beautiful little girl who was born with severe visual impairments. My decision to switch careers from chemistry to education was based heavily on the wonderful support that my family received during our years in Early Intervention (EI).  All the … Continued

Reading Aloud to Help Your Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired Develop Empathy

It seems empathy, the ability to understand and share the feelings of others, is something we could all use a bit more of today.  Wouldn’t it be a far healthier place if we could recognize, care about, and express concern over each other’s feelings and experiences, no matter our differences? All relationships (familial, neighborly, friendships, peer, coworker, … Continued

Active Learning – an Empowering Approach to Teaching Young Children with Visual Impairments

Editor’s note: Author Julia Bowman and her counterpart Sara Edwards, TVI’s, DT/Vision Specialists and Evaluator in the IL Early Intervention Program, and her counterpart Sara Edwards, will present “Empowering Children and Families Through Active Learning,” in a webinar on December 14 at 2:00PM ET. Click here to register. What is active learning? Rather than a single … Continued