Water Play for Your Preschooler – It’s Not Just Fun & Games! 

Editor’s note: Swimming/ water play isn’t just a refreshing pastime for the hot summer months; it’s a great way to encourage learning and skill development that both you and your kiddo who is blind or low vision will enjoy! Amanda Bernath, Early Intervention Specialist and Orientation and Mobility Specialist, shares how to make the most … Continued

Summer Friendships: Helping Your Child Who is Blind or Low Vision Develop and Maintain Connections

Summer offers most young people additional free time due to fewer academic responsibilities. The season is ripe for your child who is blind or low vision to develop and maintain friendships through planning and attending get-togethers. Consider with me who your child can meet up with, any social skills needing improvement, and any accessibility concerns—all … Continued

Transitions: Indiana O&M Adventure Summer Camp: Play and Practical Lessons   

Thanks to APH FamilyConnect’s sponsorship, children who are blind or have low vision in Indiana from birth through age 18 have the chance to attend the first-ever O&M Adventure Summer Camp! The camp is being offered in two-hour sessions over the course of three weeks in Indianapolis.    The camp is the brainchild of Mindy Koehne, … Continued

An Adventure in Summer ECC Skills: Make Smoothie Popsicles!

It sure is getting hot outside! The temperature isn’t the only thing rising—so is our desire to have a little summer fun. Why not gather the family to make and eat ice lollies?!—that’s the endearing name for popsicles here in the United Kingdom. I’m all in—in fact, today I purchased silicone popsicle molds. While they’re not necessary for popsicle making, they sure simplify the task.  If you aren’t quite sure how to safely involve your … Continued

Let’s Go to the Loo: Resources for Potty Training a Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired

Toilet training is often viewed as a looming hurdle, a giant obstacle, and an exhausting feat. One requiring patience upon patience. We parents arm ourselves with a litany of literature, hoping to prepare our children for success and ourselves with realistic expectations, but most toilet-training literature is written for children who are fully sighted. While … Continued

Swimming for Children Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Get out the suits and sunscreen, it’s pool time! Swimming is a welcome reprieve from the heat and a phenomenal no-impact exercise for the entire family. But don’t take it from me: Letticia Martinez, Paralympian swimmer who is blind, shares her story to encourage parents. Let’s dive into accessibility considerations for your child who is … Continued

Help! What Do I Do with Ample Sumer Free Time for My Child Who Is Blind or Visually Impaired?

School’s out for the summer! Cue extra family time, sports, and perhaps a vacation. But, in addition to planned activities and family bonding opportunities, summer affords our children ample good old fashion free time. Managing the spare hours can feel overwhelming—especially so if you have a young child who needs close supervision or a child … Continued

Summer Camp: So Much More Than Fun and Games

Editor’s note: This post was written by Jane Flower of Guide Dogs for the Blind. Jane will also be a panelist on the upcoming APH ConnectCenter webinar, Blind Kids Just Want to Have Fun: Thriving Our Way Into the Future of Physical Distancing at Summer Camp. You can register here: Growing up with a visual … Continued

Three young girls standing on a lawn exchanging books

Swap Books with Friends (aka Book Pals), and More Ideas for Encouraging a Love of Reading

Our kiddos have worked tirelessly in pre-reading or reading skills all school year! I’d like to offer a few suggestions for how to keep up the momentum, and perhaps more importantly—to inspire a love of reading. Read aloud First, read aloud—no matter your children’s ages! My go-to for book suggestions is Read Aloud Revival’s Book … Continued

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An Adventure in Summer ECC Skills: Plan a Day Trip

Little did we know we’d spend much of spring 2020 in lockdown. Here in England, our restrictions are finally loosening and yet I feel a lingering sense of restriction. (Read: GET ME OUT OF THIS HOUSE!) Maybe you feel similarly. How about we put those get-me-out-of-here sentiments to good use. Perhaps you and your child(ren) … Continued