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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.
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)
In this webcast, Perkins Occupational Therapist Sue Shannon discusses the importance of mealtime skills in teaching social skills and concept development. Video demonstrations include many practical tips and helpful strategies; close-captioned, includes downloadable PowerPoint slides.Source: Perkins School for the Blind, Perkins eLearning
Following this advice allows the guide dog to do its work safely.Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind
Ms. Whozit is an advice columnist in the NFB's Braille Monitor. She addresses questions from people with visual impairments on dealing with sighted people who are often thoughtless or rude. To find more columns, enter "Ms. Whozit" in the search field at the NFB website: www.nfb.org.Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)