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Cover of Birthday Party experience book

Birthday Party Experience Book

Experience books are a great way to introduce young children who are blind or visually impaired, or those with multiple disabilities or deafblindness, to literacy and books, as in this Birthday Party.
Student examining braille flashcards

Concept Flashcards: Tactile Images and Braille Labels

These concept cards can be used to match the real object to the tactile image and braille label or to sort into categories with students who are blind or visually impaired.
Keegan Misses Daddy

Missing Daddy: An Experience Story About a Difficult Topic

Not all experience or social stories have to be about happy things! Sometimes telling those hard stories can help our children process through their feelings and can provide language to support them.
A young boy examines a toothbrush on the page of a book.

Joseph's Bath Book: An Object Book for Early Literacy

In the early stages of literacy, real objects can be attached to each page, so that children who are blind, visually impaired, deafblind or with multiple disabilities can explore each item.
Materials for Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffin actiivty

Alphabet Soup and Braille Muffins

This early literacy activity reinforces initial letter sounds in a fun and playful way for beginning braille readers.
Rainy Day book with objects for story hour

Adapting "One Rainy Day" for Students with Visual Impairments

Ideas to adapt "One Rainy Day" for children with visual impairments and multiple disabilities
Objects for The Cow Who Clucked

Using the Story “The Cow Who Clucked” to Introduce Animals & Animal Sounds to Young Students

Ideas to use the story “The Cow Who Clucked” to introduce animals & animal sounds to young students with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, using a storybox, tactile and picture symbols
Two hands reading braille text

Video: Tracking in Braille

This video presents the best setup, hand placement, and left to right technique for tracking braille.
Braille Literacy Kit

Braille Literacy Resource Kit

Braille Literacy Resource Kit for preschoolers who are blind or visually impaired and currently learning at home with their families
Bingo cards

Bingo Home Activity

This Bingo Home Activity is designed for families of younger students and students with multiple disabilities; it was created by a life skills teacher at the Ohio State School for the Blind.
Cover of "Splish the Fish" from APH

Two Read-Alouds of Early Literacy Books from APH

TVI Tracy Fitch reads aloud two books for young children who are blind or visually impaired: "That's Not My Bear" and "Splish the Fish" from American Printing House for the Blind.
Shapes

Everyday Edges and Shapes

Examples of why shapes are important for preschoolers to learn about for same and different, sorting and matching, symbols, basic math skills and concepts.
Items in a purse: chapstick, marker, brush, tissue, key

What’s in My Purse? An Early Tactile Literacy Routine

This early tactile literacy routine gives young children who are blind or visually impaired a chance to work on tactile skills, object identification, matching and tactile discrimination.
Set up for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity

Alphabet Review for Beginning Reader

Using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, a beginning braille reader reviews alphabet letters.
Brown Bear game

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Shapes Do You See?

This board game gives young children with visual impairments a chance to practice counting, matching, and shape recognition as extensions to the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?".
Set up for 5 Little Pumpkins activity

Five Little Pumpkins

Five Little Pumpkins is a Halloween-themed activity for young children with visual impairments, including those with multiple disabilities or additional special needs.
Short line and long line

Book of Opposites for Kindergarten Student in Egypt

This Book of Opposites was created by a parent in Egypt for her 6-year-old son, who is blind.
Cover of Bear Hunt in UEB

Take Home Story Kit

Take Home Story Kits enable students to create tactile or braille books that they can take home to share with their families to promote braille literacy.
Cover of Hearts book

Preschool Valentines Book for Children with CVI

This tactile book uses different textures on each red heart to create an accessible book for children with cortical visual impairment
Gwyn with materials from Marvin's market adventure

Marvin's Market Adventure: Interactive Book

This interactive book uses a theme-based approach to bring literacy to life for children who are blind or visually impaired or with multiple disabilities.

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