I have a 4 year old child (almost 5) who is deaf-blind. I had to leave for a conference for a few days for a project I was working on. It was my first time leaving my kiddos for that long. I wanted to create something that my son could look at while I was gone so he knew I missed him and loved him. Something he could use to communicate about me, to others, while I was gone as well. That is how I came up with the Mommy Book.
Pencil zipper pocket pouch
Scrapbook / textured paper
Braille labels & brailler
Any items you want to put in / attach to book
The book I made for my son had a pencil zipper pocket pouch where I placed a ring that was similar to the ring I wear. I used the pouch as Page 1. Liam uses my ring as one of the ways he identifies me. You could put any type of object in the pouch that the child may use to identify the person.
I put the names of people Mommy loves…I put tactile symbols and also Braille. I used very simple words and symbols/objects. This can be adapted to whatever level your child is at.
I put a variety of different textured hearts on the page. I then put that “Mommy Loves you” in Braille. Again, the tactile pictures and wording can be changed to fit your situation.
I traced my hand and used fabric puffy paint to outline my hand. My son LOVES to give fives, so I put the words “Mommy Five” in braille. Before I left, we read the book together and I put my hand on the book and had my son trace my hand with his finger and feel the puffy paint as he traced my hand.
Smell Page! I put a piece of fabric and sprayed some of the perfume I always wear.
Read the story with your child a couple of days before you leave. Give instructions, to whoever is caring for your child while you have to be away, on how to read the book with your child. I also let my son bring it to school to share with his teachers. He liked that!
The Mommy Book could be changed to a Daddy Book, Grandma and Grandpa Book, My Family Book, etc.