Monday, May 31, 2010

Independence isn't just for the few, it's for everyone!

This blog is for children with vision impairments of all abilities. The ECC doesn't stop with just one vision condition! It's my goal to post something for everyone. In Connecticut, I am lucky enough to see children from birth to 21 years of age. I see students who are typically developing with a vision impairments to students who have multiple impairments. I believe that independence isn't just for the typically developing children. It is for all students. For some children, independence means that they can do ten out of ten steps with little or minimal assistance. For other children, it could be learning one of the ten steps. I have come to learn that if we can continually keep teaching our students to do one more thing, it's one less thing we have to do as parents and education team. Let's empower our students to be independent!

Try it at home: Think about one thing your child can start doing and let them do it! It can be as big as making their bed (without you correcting it) or as little as putting their own dish in the sink after dinner. If you have a children with multiple impairments/deafblindness, you may have to do this using hand under hand technique to help make the connection. Allow yourself 5 extra minutes and no corrections when your child does the task!

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