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Sending Your Child Off for the First Day of School

Create notes in braille or with tactile markers to let your child know that your thoughts are with them on the first day of school!
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Sensory Areas: Toys

These ideas for theme-based multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
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Sensory Areas: Growth and Change

This theme-based multisensory activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, tactile, visual, and auditory skills.
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Sensory Areas: Homes

These ideas for multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
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Electric Toothbrush Painting

A vibrating toothbrush provides sensory input for children with multiple disabilities before performing fine motor tasks, such as drawing or writing.
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Gingerbread Man Sensory Activity

This sensory activity helps students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities to develop independence.
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Sensory Rainstick for Children with Multiple Disabilities

This is a simple activity to reinforce "cause and effect" and to engage children with multiple disabilities in a meaningful sensory experience.
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Snap, Crackle and Pop Sensory Bin

This sensory activity is designed by an OT to help children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities to explore a variety of textures and develop their senses.
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Watches: A Tactile Book for Young Braille Readers

This tactile book uses all different kinds of watches to reinforce concepts such as big and little.
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Lunch Crunch Story Box

This activity uses real food items along with the book "Lunch Crunch" to make it more meaningful for children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with low vision.
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Question Cards

This activity is designed to help students who are autistic, including those with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, to develop their critical thinking skills.
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Ice Cube Painting

Designed by an Occupational Therapist (OT), this activity uses a unique medium to work in and provides special sensory elements to drawing and writing for children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities.
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Bubble Wrap Painting

This activity by an OT is a fun way to work on improving fine motor skills and handwriting.
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Teaching Vocabulary to Use in the Community

Pre-teaching vocabulary is a helpful strategy to enable students who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities to get more out of community experiences.
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Mommy Book

This is a strategy for parents or caregivers who will be separated from a child who is deafblind or who might not understand where the person has gone.
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St. Patrick's Day Activity

This braille activity is a good way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with children who are blind or visually impaired.
Incorporating beginning literacy skills into Orientation and Mobility

O & M Travel Cards and Book

Collect items from the environment to reinforce beginning literacy skills during orientation and mobility lessons.
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What Are You Thankful For?

Fun Thanksgiving idea and activity for children who are blind or visually impaired, including students with multiple disabilities
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Tom Makes One Pizza

This activity helps to teach one to one correspondence or the concept of one to children who are blind or visually impaired.
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How to Create a Tactile Love Book

Directions of how to make a tactile book for a child who is blind or visually impaired to let them know you love them

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