Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Blog Posts

Below are recently created blog posts.



Diego and teacher
By Marnee Loftin
Parents and Teachers of the Visually Impaired (TVI) often have questions about struggling readers.  These are: How do reading skills develop in children? How does this development vary for children with visual impairment? How can...



Young boy at the sink
By Lizbeth Barclay
Strategies for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments Provide ample time for children to inspect any objects presented for exploration. This may be time spent in addition to circle time, either before or after, describing the salient features...



fire safety kit
By Lisa Pruner
This post is by Lisa Pruner and Catherine Summ. Overview For children with vision impairments, fire safety and awareness are often literally out of reach, placing them at increased risk in the event of a fire Smoke detectors,...



scarlett
By ScarlettsEyes
Scarlett is a great communicator, and the lack of spoken word does not stop her from expressing what she wants! Whether she evokes an emotion or leads you to a certain place, she knows how to get your attention.   Despite this I am desperate...



teacher and student
By Liz Eagan
Students with visual impairments are the frequent recipients of assistance, but rarely are they given the opportunity to "give back".  When they are given the opportunity, they are often unclear of how or where to start.   One...



Student doing Wilson Reading System drill
By Mary McCarthy
Roz Rowley and Justine Rines are co-authors of this post. This is the second of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Why We Love Using the Wilson Reading System® with Struggling Braille Readers ...



Student look at pictures in a book
By fayegonzalez
Part 1:  Partial-Object Symbols are MORE than Just a Schedule:   Communication Systems for Students with CVI and Multiple Disabilities The majority of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems available today use visually...



picture of activities in book kit
By Diane Brauner
Ruby in Her Own Time is a Circle Time Braille kit focusing on counting skills and duck Fun Facts.  This kit is based on the book Ruby in Her Own Time written by Jonathan Emmett and illustrated by Rebecca Harry (Scholastic rates the...



Mother and son using tactile sign to read together
By Liamsmom
Reading books is my son Liam’s favorite thing to do.  I have to say, I sure love reading with him and I love watching him enjoy books.  I need to share a quick back story on Liam for those of you who don’t know.  Liam was born...



Young child plays the tambourine
By Lizbeth Barclay
From the moment a child is born, the journey of learning to integrate sensory information begins; vision combines with touch to help the infant make sense of what is perceived through the auditory sense.  Vision and hearing are the two senses...



Switch for "hi"
By Jbrown
Circle times in early childhood classrooms (preschool and early elementary) frequently follow the same format.  Students have an opportunity to say hello, participate in attendance, review the calendar, sing a couple of songs, and read a story. There...



student using willson
By Rinesj
Mary McCarthy and Roz Rowley are co-authors of this post.   This is the first of three posts on the Wilson Reading System® and Struggling Braille Readers. See also Implementing the Wilson Reading System with Braille Students ...



Children's drawings of faces
By Debra Goodsir
By Debra Goodsir Vision Support Teacher, New South Wales, Australia   The development of vocabulary and an understanding of the patterns of language are essential parts in the development of literacy. "10 Minutes With" is a...



By paula.conroy
    These strategies for improving instruction of students who are English Language Learners (ELL) is a follow-up to Typical Language Development and Second Language Acquisition  . It is important to familiarize oneself...



Collage of Early Learning Apps
By Linda Mamer
Many apps (applications) are available to promote early learning for young children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.  This is a partial list (part one of two) to help you get...



alphabet chart
By Megan Mogan
Looking back on my own early reading and writing experiences, I have a very clear memory of my first-grade classroom’s beautiful alphabet chart hanging over the windows of our classroom. I even remember the long wooden pointer the teacher used to...



Student reaches for materials
By fayegonzalez
Those of you who know me understand how passionate I am about children with Multiple AND Visual Disabilities.  Here are my personal “Top 10 Tips” to guide in helping these special children grow and develop new skills for independence....



Top 10 collage
By Charlotte Cushman
The end of the year is always a time to look back on highlights of the year and this year we thought it would be fun to share our "Top Ten" list too!   Our top posts for 2014 cover a range of tips and ideas for promoting literacy skills among...



A mother who is blind reads a book with her sighted child
By Courtney Tabor-Abbott
I have not written a blog post in a very long time, almost a year, in fact.  My husband has asked me over and over again, “When are you going to write in your blog?”  “Will you please blog again?”  “Why haven...



christmas tree book collage
By Liamsmom
We have made it a tradition that my son Liam (who is deafblind) and his little brother Finn, each get to decorate their own small Christmas tree.  Every year, I introduce new items they get to add to their tree. We decorate our tree in this order:...



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