Children with visual impairments are increasingly becoming students in general education classrooms. Teaching students that are visually impaired requires preparation, planning, and support from specialists. Use this guide to begin the educational journey to accommodate these students’ needs.
Teaching Students with Visual Impairments
Are you teaching a student who is blind or visually impaired? Find helpful advice, resources and lesson plan ideas for students with partial or full visual impairment. Whether you are a brand new special education teacher or a seasoned veteran, you’re sure to find resources and advice to help you. Read articles on Braille and teaching blind students how to read. Also learn about assistive technology that can help your students succeed in class.
Strabismus is caused when the external eye muscles don’t function normally-causing misalignment and/or eye turning. Treatment may include surgery, exercises, eye patching, the use of lenses, prisms or filters and therapy. Read on to learn more about Strabismus vision therapy options.
The types and amount of assistive technology for students with visual impairments has grown over the years. Let’s review a few of the most commonly used products that enable students to access written materials.
A child learns how to interact with others through seeing and by modeling others. Children with visual impairments, however, may require social skills training due to their inability to rely on visual cues. Read on to see what you as a teacher can do to aid this process.
Toys are an important part of childhood, teaching children about themselves, others, and their environment. For children with visual impairments, toys become even more important for learning. Learn what to look for when choosing inclusive toys for blind children and those with visual impairments.
If you’re teaching a visually impaired child in your regular education classroom, you are probably in search of new ways to teach math. A math lesson for visually impaired students requires a bit more thought, but can be done without a lot of extra effort. Here’s a great early math lesson to try!
Making minor adjustments to the classroom, providing aids and monitoring progress are simple ways to teach a visually impaired child so they succeed in a regular classroom. Allowing them to use all of their senses and build on their strengths will help to avoid discouragement and academic struggles.
The typical learning experience is highly visual, leaving students with visual impairments needing adaptations and modifications in order to succeed. Learn about accommodations for students with visual impairments and how to help maximize learning
Visually impaired children also need to be entertained. Like other children, they too need games that fun and interesting. The article discusses various games that use Braille in its functioning to help visually impaired children enjoy.
Visual perception is the brain’s interpretation of what one sees. We can observe its development as young children respond to the people and things that they see and grasp. But how do parents and teachers know when these skills are developing normally for special needs students?
Children with developmental disabilities are at higher risk for visual impairments that impact learning. Early evaluation and therapeutic interventions can help these children reach their full potential.