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.

Peggy Freeman's comprehensive program of care for parents of babies who are deafblind  with multiple disabilities includes sections on relationships, routines, vision, touch and touching, development of communication, moving/being moved, play, and signing.  Each section offers numerous concrete suggestions for activities to enjoy with your child.

Source: National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB)

An amusing animated guide to considerate behavior when meeting a person who is blind. The video is in two parts; Clip 2 link here.

Source: Nebraska Center for the Blind
The Maryland School for the Blind Camp Abilities 
Baltimore, Maryland
Headed by Matt Mescall
 
Source: Camp Abilities

This checklist is divided into separate domains and arranged in developmental sequence from birth to six years.  Skill areas include cognitive, language, compensatory, self-help, fine motor, and gross motor (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Southern Oregon Education Service District

A rehabilitation program in Brazil that fosters collaboration between the home and school to teach children daily living skills.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

6 things to remember when interacting with people with visual impairments

Source: ZOOMAX

Life's enriching qualities can be overlooked in the teaching of foundational life and learning skills. Teachers can learn to integrate Quality of Life skills into the subjects they are already teaching, in order to help students gain skills that will help them have a good quality of life now and into the future.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webcast

This article includes practical tips for teaching tooth brushing, bathing, hair washing, brushing and combing hair.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

This information sheet introduces touch cues, including their purpose, examples of their use, considerations, advantages, and disadvantages; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Project SALUTE
Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sport
Killington, Vermont
(802) 786-4991
 
Year-round programs, summer day camps for children with disabilities.
 
Source: Vermont Adaptive

Understanding how disability affects people in villages, small towns, and cities, and the role of community-based rehabilitation in delivering services; in simplified language.

Source: Independent Living Institute

Guidelines for treating people with blindness courteously and considerately.

Source: Guide Dogs for the Blind
YMCA Camp Ockanickon
Medford, New Jersey
Phone: 609-654-8225
Email:  gregk@ycamp.org
 
Source: YMCA Camps
Missouri School for the Blind
St. Louis, Missouri
 
Source: Camp Abilities

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