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Bell book

Bells: A Tactile Book for Emerging Braille Readers

This tactile book about bells uses real objects and makes sounds. It's sure to be a favorite for the holidays!
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in manger on tactile page

Christmas Tactile Books

This collection of tactile books helps students who are visually impaired understand and visualize the first Christmas story.
pages of Bumpy Rolls Away

Integrated Literacy Activity: Share the Love of a Story

Ideas for sharing stories with young children who are blind or visually impaired using the On the Way to Literacy series
Interactive bulletin board

Interactive Bulletin Board - October

A Speech Pathologist (SLP) shares an interactive Halloween activity for students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with multiple disabilities
Cover of The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

Story Box for "The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything"

This storybox is a favorite at Halloween, using real objects and concrete tactile representations of items and events in the book.
Velvet apple

Apple Book

This tactile book can help beginning readers to explore different textures and shapes
chef hat, pot, and whisk

People as Helpers: Cook

Multi-sensory ideas for cooking in the kitchen with children who are blind or visually impaired.
cloud and sun

Sensory Areas: Weather

This theme-based multisensory activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills in all areas, including literacy, tactile, visual, and auditory skills.
tactile care "mom and dad love you"

Sending Your Child Off for the First Day of School

Create notes in braille or with tactile markers to let your child know that your thoughts are with them on the first day of school!
Assorted toys

Sensory Areas: Toys

These ideas for theme-based multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
growth of baby girl and chihuahua

Sensory Areas: Growth and Change

This theme-based multisensory activity helps children who are blind or visually impaired to develop skills in all areas, including literacy, numeracy, tactile, visual, and auditory skills.
duplo house

Sensory Areas: Homes

These ideas for multi-sensory activities help children with visual impairments to develop literacy and numeracy skills, as well as visual, auditory, and tactile awareness.
Toothbrush painting example

Electric Toothbrush Painting

A vibrating toothbrush provides sensory input for children with multiple disabilities before performing fine motor tasks, such as drawing or writing.
Gingerbread man activity collage

Gingerbread Man Sensory Activity

This sensory activity helps students with visual impairments and multiple disabilities to develop independence.
sensory rainstick

Sensory Rainstick for Children with Multiple Disabilities

This is a simple activity to reinforce "cause and effect" and to engage children with multiple disabilities in a meaningful sensory experience.
student spraying into a bowl full of rice crispies and toys

Snap, Crackle and Pop Sensory Bin

This sensory activity is designed by an OT to help children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities to explore a variety of textures and develop their senses.
Watch book

Watches: A Tactile Book for Young Braille Readers

This tactile book uses all different kinds of watches to reinforce concepts such as big and little.
Lunch crunch book cover

Lunch Crunch Story Box

This activity uses real food items along with the book "Lunch Crunch" to make it more meaningful for children who are blind or visually impaired, including those with low vision.
question cards reading 'why?' 'identify' and 'minerals'

Question Cards

This activity is designed to help students who are autistic, including those with visual impairments or multiple disabilities, to develop their critical thinking skills.
Ice cube painting example

Ice Cube Painting

Designed by an Occupational Therapist (OT), this activity uses a unique medium to work in and provides special sensory elements to drawing and writing for children with visual impairments or multiple disabilities.

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