Monday, May 31, 2010
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!
Remember, the ECC is comprised of several different components. Let's do a quick review of the parts:
- Compensatory or functional academic skill, including communication modes
- orientation & mobility
- social interaction
- independent living skills
- recreation & leisure skills
- career education
- use of assistive technology
- sensory efficiency skills
*from the AFB article on The Expanded Core Curriculum, www.AFB.org.
Hopefully, you can see from this list that the ECC are items that a child with a vision impairment needs to help develop strong indepedence in the world.
Try it at home: Take a moment and reflect on the question: How does the ECC look in my child's life? I suggest you write your thoughts down. Then taking action! Meet with your team (maybe the TVI, O&M instructor or VRT) and how you can make the ECC is alive in your child's life.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
This whole blog idea was sparked from the idea about sharing what I do. I L-O-V-E working with students who have vision impairments. It's the best thing for me. My students allow me to channel lots of random, creative thoughts into something awesome. My teaching philosophy is student-centered with a lot of involvement from their families. I love working with the families of my students because I believe in the power of families.
A long time ago, I had the idea to have a family center for children with vision impairments. I was living in Las Vegas and the resounrces were quite limited. It never really got off the ground sadly. I felt that if families could learn what the teachers were learning (from therapists, observations of their children, etc.), they would really learn the "instruction" technique. Long story short, I work in a job that allows me to combine individual instruction and family/team instruction.
I am part of a team. I cannot do my job without the help of the TVIs (teachers for the visually impaired), related services therapists (thank you to all the OTs & PTs out there), parents, paraprofessionals and mobility instructors. That being said, here's a snapshot of the ideas and thoughts from my brain. I work on the expanded core curriculum for students who have vision impairments.
Before I can start unloading ideas, read the intro posts. It's important that you understand the strategies and concepts of working with children with vision impairments.