The parent-professional partnership is the basis of our successful intervention teams. Your special child looks to you for every need. Your guidance is the most important part of his or her development.
We teach simple and easy techniques to maximize contrast, emphasize light, look at distance and space, and understand size and distance and we explain other ways to promote visual acuity. We help you understand your childs medical diagnosis, prognosis, and positive ways to intervene on a daily basis.
The use of real objects is essential with children, especially those with compromised vision. New skills are taught when and where they happen so that the child learns there is a reason for a particular action. We take advantage of daily routines so that teaching times fit into your schedule.
We demonstrate multiple positioning and ways to carry children so that they will learn about their bodies in space. We teach the importance of talking to your child, to give them information that they are not able to obtain visually. Toys expand your childs world. Toys are tools to teach your child about cause and effect, tactile and oral motor stimulation, and much more. Remember, the best "toy" is you, the parent.
We examine at the childs behavioral states over time to identify when the child is most receptive to leaning new skills and how much stimulation the child can handle. We use consistent cues, gestures, words, prompts, and procedures to help you and your child.
Children who are blind or visually impaired may need additional instruction in physical movements such as creeping and sitting. We demonstrate orientation and mobility. Orientation is knowing where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there. Mobility is the actual physical process of getting from one place to another.
You are your childs first mobility instructor. We will teach you the sequence and techniques to promote this new skill.
We serve as a link and resource for support and information (both written and oral). We address your childs social and emotional growth, sensory development, communication, motor skills, and self care such as eating and dressing. We will be your guide to promoting your childs growth and independence.
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