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Tom makes one pizza

Tom Makes One Pizza

This activity helps to teach one to one correspondence or the concept of one to children who are blind or visually impaired.
Pages from the love book

How to Create a Tactile Love Book

Directions of how to make a tactile book for a child who is blind or visually impaired to let them know you love them
Bathroom theme box

DIY Theme Boxes

Theme boxes can be used to help children who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities to develop basic concepts, expand language, and understand experiences.
Big and little on the shelf

Opposites

This hands-on activity is designed to help young children who are blind or visually impaired or who have multiple disabilities to identify items that are same and different or big and little
Child counts objects

Adapted Counting Work

This counting activity uses a switch to reinforce the concept of 1:1 correspondence for children who are blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities.
textures on puzzle

Make your own textured puzzles!

Easy ideas for adapting puzzles with textures for children who are blind or who have multiple disabilities, making this a multi-sensory activity.
A young boy examines a tactile book.

Teaching sign language to my deaf-blind son through books

Fun ideas to teach sign language to a deafblind child through literacy
Middle of page

Interactive Alphabet Book for Letter "M"

This fun interactive book for young children who are blind or visually impaired encourages concept development through interactive activities with early literacy materials.
Storybox for Hop on Pop

Dr. Seuss Themed Activities

Fun hands-on activities using Dr. Seuss books to teach concept development and literacy skills to children who are blind or visually impaired, including those who have multiple disabilities or who are deafblind
bulletin board for bookworms

Inching Our Way to Literacy

Textures can be used to refer to the same book in different contexts for students who are blind or visually impaired with multiple disabilities.
A pair of red mittens

Story Box for "All You Need for a Snowman"

This storybox is a fun winter activity for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or multiply disabled. Uses real objects about winter
Cover of Mouse Mess

Modifying books for children with CVI

Many picture books need to be modified for children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). Decreasing visual clutter and increasing contrast is a simple strategy.
labels in cubbies

Labeling the Environment in an Accessible Format

Labeling items in the environment in an accessible format is important for developing literacy skills, as well as O & M or Orientation and Mobility for children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or who have multiple disabilities.
Image of ready-to-bake pizza

Making Pizza

Making pizza can be a functional and meaningful way to incorporate literacy skills for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness.
Braille labels and textures on Christmas packages

Tactile Holidays

Creative ideas to make Christmas and the holiday season accessible to children who are blind or who have multiple disabilities
Cards with names of different scents on them

Ten Scents of Christmas Sensory Cards

This multi-sensory game uses the Ten Scents of Christmas in a matching game, which can be adapted for children who are blind or visually impaired.
Photo: Student at table working on his braillewriter

Motivating Older Adolescents Who Are Emerging Readers

This strategy from a speech therapist is designed to help teachers find appropriate literacy instruction for students who have significant multiple disabilities in addition to their visual impairment.
Photo of tactile advent calendar

Tactile Advent Calendar

Tactile advent calendar uses objects
Child manipulated squishy bag on lightbox

Squishy Bag - A tactile / multi-sensory approach to pre-writing and writing skills

This multi-sensory tactile activity encourages children to develop handskills, including hand and finger strength, finger isolation, and squeezing.
Cover of touch book of textures

Make Your Own Touch Book!

Learn how to make a touch book to promote tactile skills with children who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or who have multiple disabilities

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