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liam's quiet book

Quiet Books

Create a Quiet Book for children who are blind, deafblind or who have low vision. Children with multiple disabilities can also enjoy these versatile books!
woman holding basket over table of christmas items

Christmas Ideas for Children with Visual Impairments

These creative holiday activities for Christmas or Hanukkah for children who are blind or visually impaired encourage the development of basic skills and social interaction, while having fun!
liam reading braille on microwave

Using Braille in the Kitchen!

This activity uses braille labels and tactile symbols to create a braille recipe for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
Lunch monkey

Adaptation of What's for Lunch?

Adapting books for students who are deafblind or blind or visually impaired with additional disabilities
Mrs. Gringling

Keywords from Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch

Introduce keywords to beginning braille readers using tactile materials to develop braille literacy skills
M braille tracking sheet

Beginning Braille Tracking Worksheets to Emboss

These embossed worksheets offer lots of great practice for beginning braille readers to work on tracking skills
alphabet card with an "a"

Tactile Alphabet Cards

Create a tactile alphabet book for pre-braille students who are blind or visually impaired
"rocket men"

Five Rocket Men Going to the Moon

Activity for beginning braille readers to recognize initial letters
egg carton with 4 eggs

Well That Just Cracks Me Up!

Use egg cartons to give braille students practice identifying dot positions in a braille cell.
i see fish cover

Breaking Down the Sentence

Tips to break down sentences for beginning braille readers who are struggling on the path to braille literacy
book buddy bag with liam's name on it

Story Bags: Guided Reading in an Inclusive Setting

Tips to create a story bag for a guided reading activity for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind
Mom and little girl share a book with print and braille

Shared Reading Activity

Shared reading activity for fall with a book about apples with braille labels
worksheet example with lines and dots

Working with Classroom Teachers to Serve Students with Visual Impairments

Tips on negotiating with a classroom teacher to adapt worksheets for a student who is visually impaired
tactile matching game collage

Tactile Matching Game

Matching game to promote tactile discrimination with students who are blind or visually impaired, including those who are deafblind or who have multiple disabilities
hungry caterpillar adaptation book paper caterpillar and red apple

Adapting the Hungry Caterpillar for Children Who Are Blind

Tips to adapt books for children who are deafblind, blind, or visually impaired
Cover of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Making a Simple Switch-Accessible Power Point Talking Book

This tutorial offers step-by-step guidelines to make a simple switch-accessible powerpoint talking book.
Flower made of shapes and attached with velcro to book

Create an Adapted Book: The Shape Surprise

Tips to create an adapted book is designed for preschool-age children who are deafblind or visually impaired with additional disabilities
storage closet

Making Storage Accessible

The ability to access books and materials easily and independently is crucial to the development of early literacy skills for children who are blind, visually impaired or deafblind.
The braille words I, cheese, pizza, and like and a period are on small plastic tiles on a black felt board from APH.

"Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” # 2 – Making Sentences Activity

Activity to provide practice to braille readers in making sentences using motivating materials
Picture of book with textured pictures and braille

“Can We Do Oreo Reading Now?” #1 Key Word Books

Create books for braille readers using key words of interest to them to provide motivation.

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