What kind of activities can children with vision impairment do alongside schoolwork during the coronavirus (Covid-19)?

Here are some suggestions for some fun activities that you can do with your children:

Positive Eye

This resource provides families with fun ideas, activities and inspiration for the time spent at home during the coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. They are not specific to a particular type of educational need but are holistic, and can be adapted to meet sensory requirements and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Paths to Literacy

Paths to Literacy is an American site that gives a basic overview of literacy to various stages of development, as well as an exploration of different media (print, braille, auditory strategies). Currently they are running an online academy. Topics including self-awareness and problem solving will be available online to view a few days after they have been broadcast live. There are also creative ideas for a whole range of subjects.

Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs have a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) resource for 2020 which includes engaging sessions on how the eye works and the benefits that daily exercise, good nutrition and sufficient sleep have on the body and on people’s eyesight. They also have fun ideas ranging from physical activities to interactive story telling, crafts, music videos and you can even view footage from live zoo cameras around the world.

Scouts and Girlguiding

While both organisations normally love the great outdoors, they’ve pulled together some inspired indoor activity ideas for different ages ranging from six to 18. You don’t need to be a member to access the online resources aimed at learning new skills and having fun.

Henshaws

Have produced a YouTube video showing how to create a home tuck shop, which can help with teaching money management and money recognition skills.

Doorway Online

Has a collection of free and highly accessible educational games.

British Red Cross

Have a Kindness Calendar which helps children and young people learn about and carry out kind acts. There are different sets of kindness activities for both primary and secondary age children.

RNIB’s Children, Young People and Families (CYPF) team would like to hear from you if you have any specific concerns, in particular “How do I?” questions or topics. Please email [email protected] using the title “How we can help you?” with your ideas or concerns or call the RNIB helpline on 0303 123 99 99 

Guide Dogs Specialist Education Support Team are also available to answer any questions you have about your child’s current or future educational needs. Contact them on 0800 781 1444 or email them at [email protected]

General information on the coronavirus can be found on the gov.uk coronavirus (Covid-19) web pages, along with additional information for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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