Using Calendars with a Preschooler who is Blind or Low Vision
One day your child will record important dates, tasks, deadlines, and goals in a calendar or planner in order to remain organized and dependable. You can begin preparing for this necessary skill by exposure to an accessible calendar.
Your child can watch or listen as you record significant dates and appointments, and they can become involved in placing meaningful, tactile stickers, real objects, pictures, or braille labels on important dates. Your child can listen as you read the activities for the day or upcoming week.
What are the benefits of incorporating a calendar system?
- Learning concepts of years, months, weeks, and days
- Learning concepts of yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
- Recording important events and appointments.
- Reviewing the calendar every day.
- Preparing for what is on the schedule for the day.
- Developing organizational skills.
- Learning methods that will one day increase her independence and dependability.
- Acquiring a skill necessary for maintaining employment.
If your child has additional disabilities, they may appreciate a more thorough calendar. You may wish to list nearly all of the routine activities on a daily calendar.
If the representation for each activity is meaningful to your child (a toothbrush indicating it is time to brush your teeth, a spoon for mealtime, a small book for reading time, and a seat belt buckle indicating a car ride). Your child now has a method for understanding what to expect each day. To learn more about using a calendar system for children with multiple disabilities, read “Using a Schedule with Your Child Who Is Blind or Low Vision and Has Multiple Disabilities.”