Playtime for blind and visually impaired children

In the past a child’s play was considered a waste of time. For the last few decades, there has been a focus on the importance of play, and learning through play.

Paula Brownyard, M.Ed., and Head of the School of Education, Lambuth University says, “Play teaches children to make friends. Without this interaction with others, they fail to develop social skills. And without appropriate social skills, children may become angry and act out. When this happens, other children avoid them.”

When working with children with special needs, Brownyard believes that play is essential to building skills. “Because of a disability, the child often displays low self-esteem and a poor self-concept. For these children, play doesn’t come easy. They must be taught. If parents over-protect, children may also lack the needed peer pressure that being part of a group provides.”

Blind children are vulnerable to having their play restricted, but in many ways, they need it more than sighted children. It helps improve their curiosity and independence, as well as contributing to personality development.

Francesca has shared the following article and infographic which was originally posted by Kerry Berry. Thanks for sharing Franceska !

This article looks at some ideas for play with blind and visually impaired children. It includes some handy tips on how to have inclusive playtime with children of all abilities.

There are creative ways to get your kids involved in arts and crafts too and fun activities that will help them learn how to play and develop their sensory skills

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