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.

Sponsors multiple summer and winter camps at various locations across the United States. Requirements, applications, and fees vary by location. Visit camps’ website for specific summer or winter camp locations and application information.

Source: Christian Record
Camp Allen
Bedford, New Hampshire
(603) 622-8471
 
Source: Camp Allen
Camp Abilities Long Island
(631)-432-0569
Adelphi University in Garden City, New York
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Camp Abilities Saratoga
Saratoga Springs, New York
Phone: 518-290-7050
 
Source: Camp Abilities
Clover Patch Camp
Glenville, New York
(518) 384-3042
 
Source: Clover Patch Camp
Double 'H' Hole in the Woods Ranch
Lake Luzerne, New York
(518) 696-5676
 
The Double H Ranch, co-founded by Charles R. Wood and Paul Newman, provides specialized programs and year-round support for children and their families dealing with life-threatening illnesses. All programs are FREE of charge and capture the magic of the Adirondacks.
 
Source: Double H Ranch
Hidden Valley Camp
Fishkill, New York
(1-800)-367-0003
 
Source: The Fresh Air Fund

Project SALUTE explains object cues, a "concrete means of supporting conversational interactions and language development." Included are examples, advantages, disadvantages, and specific strategies; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Project SALUTE

Parent Susan Singler shares how good grooming and physical appearance were important to her son's socialization and acceptance, starting with his first months of life.

Source: FamilyConnect

This document is written for parents and provides an overview of Person-Centered Planning, including action steps, young adult participation in the process, and developing natural supports. There are numerous links to additional resources.

Source: National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)

Many people with blindness, low vision, and vision loss want to continue enjoying Bingo; card games, such as bridge and poker; board games, such as Monopoly, Scrabble, checkers, and dominoes; and audio computer games.

In this section, we'll introduce you to a wide range of adapted card and board games that will enable you to continue with your favorite leisure pursuits.

Source: Vision Aware

This article outlines ways in which parents can help their children to find playmates and make friends.

Source: FamilyConnect

Project SALUTE describes the hierarchy of communication symbols, from most abstract to most concrete. Color photographs of each of the eleven symbols are included; available in English and Spanish. 

A “resource to provide classroom teachers with a selection of strategies to address the reading needs of students with visual impairments.”

Source: Special Education Technology British Columbia

Demonstrates strategies for teaching social skills to students who are visually impaired on a level equivalent with their peers.

Source: Perkins School for the Blind

"Social Thinking," developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, teaches social skills within a framework of interdependency and relationship, by showing that social interactions can be taught, and are critically important to a happy and satisfying life for everyone.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

Sport camps for children and adults take place throughout the year in many states and internationally. If there is no camp in your state, consider starting one. Camp Abilities® Start-Up Manual is a free download that provides step-by-step instructions to start a camp.

 

Source: American Printing House for the Blind

This site offers a wealth of practical information about communicating with individuals who don't use abstract symbols or a formal language system. Topics include setting up a system, constructing tangible symbols, and tips from the field.

Source: Design to Learn

Charity Rowland and Philip Schweigert provide an in-depth introduction to tangible symbol systems in this downloadable PDF of their book, including their purpose, receptive and expressive communication, getting started, and monitoring progress.

Source: U.S. Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) – Ideas that Work, Tool Kit on Teaching and Assessing Students with Disabilitie

This introduction to tangible symbols includes a definition, examples, considerations, and a list of advantages and disadvantages; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Project SALUTE

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