I was 5 months pregnant when my 2 and a half-year-old son Liam (who had typical vision and hearing) was airlifted to a city 5 hours away. He had become severely sick from meningitis. After months away from home, due to complications from the meningitis, we brought home a child that was now deafblind. Just weeks after that I gave birth to my youngest son.
My son Liam recently turned eight years old! He is a braille reader and every year for his birthday I have made him a birthday book that included pages from friends that have come to his party. Here are some of the ideas we've done in the past:
Learning independent living skills starts at home! My son Liam is in second grade and is deafblind. I continually think of ways that he can help out around the house and do everyday tasks as independently as possible. Of course I think of ways that I can incorporate braille as well. I do this partly because it's my job to help him become an independent and responsible boy, but also in part because he is the one that insists on doing things by himself and helping mom. He keeps me on my toes trying to research and invent ways to make these tasks accessible.
My son Liam is 7 years old and is deafblind. He is a braille reader and as of lately (this school year especially) he has really taken an interest in writing in braille as well! Below are 10 ways that I try to encourage this new skill at home.
Storyboxes are a great way to make stories come alive for our children with vision impairments. Storyboxes are also a way to make pictures in a children's story accessible. A story box is simply a way to use objects to represent parts of a story by using these objects to support the storytelling process.