Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

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Boy explores a storybox
By Liamsmom
I adapted Goldilocks and the Three Bears for my 4-year-old son who is deaf-blind.   2 Bears: I wanted to create a story box for my son that was based off of a classic children's story.  My son is beginning to learn ASL.  I chose the...



A teenage boy uses a braille notetaker.
By Anna Swenson
  By Anne Spitz, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Dover, MA Anna Swenson, Braille Literacy Consultant, Fairfax, VA The ideas in this post grew out of a workshop in Connecticut on Braille Literacy Skills and are posted in their complete form in the...



Teenage boy signs while using brailler
By SPerreault
By Steve Perreault The real purpose of this activity is to create motivation about braille for teenagers who are newly blind and congenitally deaf.   This approach uses  language experience stories written in contracted braille to give the...



Curved pieces of Handwriting Without Tears
By Katie Armstrong
Handwriting Without Tears, HWT, is a multi-sensory writing curriculum created for early childhood through 5th grade.  I have been using the pre-school program called, Get Set For School, in my early childhood classroom for children with visual...



Very Hungry Caterpillar story box
By Jbrown
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle is a classic loved by children and adults.  This is a great story for teaching many topics and concepts, including big/little, life cycle, colors and foods.  Teachers can adapt the story to meet varying...



Happy Mother's Day!
By Charlotte Cushman
  On the second Sunday in May we honor mothers and the positive contributions they have made to society.  Mother’s Day was first observed in the United States by Anna Jarvis in a memorial service for her own mother. Prior to that Julia Ward...



Student using ACC device to write
By fayegonzalez
Kids with visual and multiple disabilities often struggle with writing.  Let’s face it, these students often struggle with being effective communicators, much less with being effective writers!   In the maze of challenges our students...



Modeling fluency
By Anna Swenson
Fluency, one of the five areas recognized by the National Reading Panel, is a goal for all beginning readers, whether they use print or braille. We recognize fluency when children read accurately at a normal rate of speed, observe punctuation marks, and use...



Five Little Monkeys pre-braille kit
By Diane Brauner
I have created a number of emerging literacy kits for TVIs to use to help young children to develop pre-braille skills. Each kit includes print/braille books with tactile pictures, real objects, activities, interactive concept alphabet book,extensive...



Girl with glasses uses AnimalWatch Vi Suite app on iPad
By PennyR
Did you know that a polar bear can smell a seal up to 1 mile away? I didn’t until I became the Project Director for AnimalWatch Vi Suite www.awvis.org at The University of Arizona. Jane Erin and I teamed up with Dr. Carole Beal, an educational...



Eating kiwi as co-writing
By Megan Mogan
by Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist In my last post we talked about using van Dijk’s coactive movement strategies to establish meaningful and enjoyable topics for our early communicators. Next I want to share a pretty simple...



student using an iPad for communication
By fayegonzalez
Faye Gonzalez, TVI & COMS, 3-4-2013 It is more and more common for students to receive an iPad as their personal Communication Device.   The most common Communication apps are designed to provide a large vocabulary to non-verbal students....



Teddy Bear, book and story box items
By Jbrown
  This month we are learning about friendship and how to have fun with our friends.  We are reading two books in class and many of our activities are based upon the stories.  My students are learning how to participate in parallel and...



Big and little rings
By Liamsmom
Concept book: My 3-year-old son Liam, who is newly deaf/blind (lost his sight and hearing to Meningitis a year ago) is learning ASL and picking up on sign language very quickly.  The next set of books I wanted to make for my little...



Black and white next to color complex page
By Laurie Hudson
  My three-year-old student with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) has difficulty finding items unless they have solid, contrasting backgrounds.   I have been using the CVI Complexity Sequences Kit with him, written by Christine Roman and...



Materials for making Valentine's Day cards
By Katie Armstrong
These activities are designed to support fine motor skills, pre-literacy skills, math, and overall independence in the preschool children I teach.  I have been slowly but surely introducing more independent work activities into my classroom and try to...



Mitten matching activity
By Katie Armstrong
Is it Winter or is it Fall?  In Phoenix, Arizona it is hard to tell!  In my classroom it is Winter, however when you look at all the leaves under the tree on the playground you would think it was Fall!   Hot and Cold Here are a few ways that...



Co-Frosting
By Megan Mogan
Megan Mogan, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist I’m sure you are a little confused that this is a literacy post and I am stuffing frosting into my face next to a student in the photograph to the left.  Well, I promise you it’s a...



Shape book
By Liamsmom
My son became deafblind a year ago from Meningitis when he was 2 1/2 years old.  Before he became sick, one of his favorite things was to be read to and look at books.  I didn't want that to stop just because he lost his sight and...



Girl with glasses uses iPad
By fayegonzalez
The iPad can be a great tool to help kids with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).  Specific apps can be used to encourage visual attention and visual motor skills, whereas other apps can be used to help develop visual motor integration and fine motor...



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