Social Skills Resources

Because so much social behavior is learned through observation, children with blindness or visual impairments need some assistance to find their place in the social world. In this section you will find suggestions to help their children make friends, play with others, develop a sense of autonomy, and learn how to interact and reciprocate. This section also presents information on behavior problems and their interventions.

Easterseals camping and recreation programs serve children, adults and families of all abilities.

Locations at: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin

Use the link to find out more about a camp near you.

Source: Easterseals
Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks
Hebron, Connecticut
 
 
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Easter Seals New Hampshire Camping Program
Manchester, New Hampshire
 
Integrated program for children of all levels of ability.
 
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Advice for conversing, giving directions, and acting as a sighted guide, as well as guidelines for behaving with tact and consideration, and respecting the independence of a person who is blind.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

DVI's position paper asserts the need for "appropriate assessment, instruction, and adaptations" and sets guidelines for providing an appropriate education program for students with low vision.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children-Division on Visual Impairments (CECDVI)
Guide Dogs for the Blind
Sandy, Oregon
 
Seven qualified blind and visually impaired teens aged 14 to 17 are selected to explore the companionship, independence and responsibility of the Guide Dog mobility lifestyle. Campers will stay in our student residence, and will need to be able to care for their own activities of daily living.  Call to apply.
 
Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind

This article explains how learning about communication and language differs for a baby who is visually impaired, and offers suggestions for helping your child learn to communicate.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This article has practical suggestions for parents of preschoolers for developing social skills.

Source: FamilyConnect
Highbrook Lodge
Chardon, OHIO
 
Highbrook Lodge is a traditional residential summer camp experience for adults, children and families who are blind or visually impaired.
 
Source: Cleveland Sight Center

Authored by Kay L. Clarke of the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education, this downloadable booklet includes detailed instructions for creating structures for safe and independent play.

Source: Ohio Center for Deafblind Education

This article describes low vision devices, print size, and literacy issues at school for students learning to read both print and braille

Source: FamilyConnect

Video resumes are a way to show potential employers a student's abilities and achievements. This 2-page fact sheet lists tips for creating an effective video resume, a particularly effective way to document the abilities and achievements of students with severe disabilities.

Source: California Deaf-Blind Services

Video presenting practical methods for including a student with a visual impairment in physical education.

Source: Statewide Vision Resource Centre, Victoria (Australia)

This article includes sections on learning table skills, helping to prepare simple snacks and meals, and tips for good kitchen habits.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

A wealth of information can be found here on all topics related to infants and toddlers, and the adults who spend time with them. The online information includes many specific tips on topics ranging from play to sleep.

Prof. Grace Lappin describes how infant massage can provide another way for the caregiver and child to interact, establish contact and communication, and develop a deep bond. (Microsoft Word Document)

Source: DVI Quarterly, 2003, Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)Division on Visual Impairments

Find out about some common concerns in the language development of young children with visual impairments and learn what you can do to help.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments
Leader Dog Summer Experience Camp
Rochester Hills, Michigan
 
Camp experience for 16-17 year-old students in Rochester Hills, Michigan
 
Full outdoor adventure camp experience, including living and working with an assigned Leader Dog. 
Maximum 20 participants, private rooms, camp and air travel expenses are paid. (apply online by April 1)
 
Source: Leader Dog

This article discusses the importance of play in the development of social and language skills.  It lists specific suggestions for encouraging social interaction with other toddlers, through parallel play and pretend play.

Source: FamilyConnect

This Zimbabwean handbook discusses communication, assessment, and goal planning for children with disabilities. Includes information on play, communicating in everyday situations, and working in groups. The complete booklet is available in separate PDF downloads per chapter.  From this link, scroll down to the title for this publication and download PDFs for the Introduction and 12 Sections.

Source: World Health Organization (WHO)

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