Active Learning Resource: Hold Everything

Here a resource, Hold Everything, that you will find helpful to build Active Learning experiences for children.  You can build any of these with considerations for the child’s color needs, create motion if needed, backlight or use lighted toys if needed, place in the child’s best visual field, and place at optimal distance for visual and visual motor abilities reduce complexity as needed.  Have fun creating these fantastic opportunities!

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  1. I have a question, I don’t know if you can answer, but here it is.  My daughter has an unknown syndrome or rare disease, she is neurologically very impaired, no cerebral palsy diagnostic, but a condition that seems to have a lot in common with CP. Also has CVI. We participated in an intensive visual stimulation program 9 months ago, she improved a little bit, but at that point she was diagnosed with epilepsy (so far intractable), and since then she stalled. Or seems to have stalled. The occupational therapist who supervised the intensive program seems reluctant to continue the follow-up because my daughter hasn’t improved in the past months — because of epilepsy, most probably. But I want professional help to encourage me to go on with the visual stimulation — if I’m left to myself, I get discouraged and I do it less and less, honestly. (I also have another child with special needs, so TIME is also an issue!). So… is it true that children with intractable epilepsy don’t improve visually…? I suppose the progression is slower, but is it sometimes non-existent? THANK YOU. And congratulations for your newsletter, I really appreciate it. Have a beautiful day. anouk lanouette turgeonmontré

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    1. Dear Anouk,
      I never limit children’s learning by making predications about what they can or can’t learn. I’m sorry the OT felt differently. Often this discontinuation of service is based on what insurance is will to pay for, sadly.
      After working with kids for 38 years, I have learned that children do all kinds of things that doctors, teachers and therapists say they can never do. I focus on creating learning opportunities at the child’s level with the greatest expectations for improvements. With children with seizures, I try to create predictable and repeatable experiences so they have access to learning when they have moments when they are seizure free and alert.
      If you expect improvements from a child, you might get it. If you don’t expect improvements, you are guaranteed to never get it.
      There are lots of great ideas on the Perkins School for the Blind website under resources and in Paths to Literacy website. Also Little Bear Sees is a great resource.


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