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Developing Children’s Braille and Literacy Skills

An annotated list of books and materials to promote braille and literacy in children who are blind or visually impaired

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For Children who are Potential Braille Readers

On the Way to Literacy Books (APH) A series of books with braille/print and tactile drawings designed especially for young children with visual impairments
Discovering the Magic of Reading: Elizabeth’s Story  DVD (APH) Elizabeth’s development is depicted in this DVD that shows how she developed a love of books and braille skills during the first 6 years of her life.
Motor Activities to Encourage Pre-Braille Skills (TSBVI) Suggestions of specific motor activities for hand, wrist, and arm to help develop the motor skills necessary for learning braille.
Creating Literacy Opportunities for Young Blind Children Suzi Newbold shares ways to encourage braille awareness in your home. Ms. Newbold is a teacher of preschool students with visual impairments. She works for the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind Cooperative Preschool at the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix.
Making Your Child’s Books Identifiable by Touch (Hadley School for the Blind) Using your imagination and a few other simple tools can make your child’s books easy to identify and interesting to touch.
Menu of Family Literacy Activities Dr. Chris Craig has developed a menu of fun activities for families that promote the development of children’s braille literacy skills.
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Tips and Tricks for Encouraging Good Reading Habits  (Colorin’ Colorado) This page contains a comprehensive list of suggestions to promote the development of literacy skills for all children.
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