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.

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)
Lions Bear Lake Camp
Visually Impaired and Blind Youth Camp
3409 N. Five Lakes Road 
Lapeer, MI 48446 
Phone: 810-245-0726 Fax: 810-245-0750  
Abilities Unlimited: Kamp for Kids/Camp Togowauk
Westfield, Massachusetts
 
Integrated; for residents of Western Massachusetts.
 
 
Source: Abilities Unlimited
Arlington Recreation: Club Rec
Arlington, Masachusetts
(781) 316-3880
 
Arlington residents have priority, others welcome if room.
 
Source: Arlington Recreation
Barnstable Recreation
Barnstable, Massachusetts
(508) 790-6345
 
Day programs for Barnstable residents.
 
Source: Barnstable Recreation
Natick Recreation and Parks: Camp Arrowhead
Natick, Massachusetts
(508) 647-6530
 
For Greater Boston residents.
 
Source: Camp Arrowhead
Girl Scouts of Spar of Spar and Spindle Council: Camp Maude Eaton
North Andover, Massachusetts
(617)-350-8335
 
For Merrimack Valley residents.
 
Source: Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Greater Waltham ARC: Inclusive Summer Day Camp Program
Waltham Massachusetts
(781) 899-1344
 
Inclusive day camp programs.
 
Source: Opportunities for Inlcusion
Hampshire Regional YMCA
Northampton Massachusetts
(413) 584-7086
 
For Northampton area residents.
 
Source: Hampshire Regional
Ironstone Farm
Andover, Massachusetts
(978) 475-4056
 
For New England residents. Therapeutic riding program for children with special needs.
 
Source: Iron Stone Farm
Newton Parks and Recreation: Newton Therapeutic Recreation Program
Newton, Massachusetts
(617) 796-1527
 
For local area residents. Recreational programs for children with special needs.
 
Source: Newton Mass
Perkins School for the Blind
Watertown, Massachusetts
(617) 972-7434; (617) 972-7586 FAX
 
For New England residents. Referral required; Outreach Programs and summer programs.
 
Source: Perkins School for the Blind
Springfield Parks Department: Camp Star
Camp in Forest Park
Springfield, Massachusetts
(413) 787-7779
 
For Springfield area residents. Program for children with disabilities served under the 766 program.
 
Source: Camp Star
United Cerebral Palsy/Northern Berkshire Support Services: Sports and Recreation Program
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
(413)-442-4077
 
For residents of northern Berkshire Co. with diagnosed disabilities.
 
Source: Northern Berkshire Support Services

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)

This site is a resource for parents, featuring a range of articles and links on communication, socialization, orientation and mobility, and transition, and more. Also in Spanish.

Source: Family Connect

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