Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

What is Playing with Words?

By Linda Hagood, Megan Mogan, Jay Hiller, Kate Hurst, Cyral Miller, and Charlotte Cushman

Quote from Jerome Bruner

Playing with Words is a collaborative approach to play-based storytelling with students who are blind or visually impaired who have additional disabilities, including those who are autistic or deafblind.  Co-creating stories is focused on the process, rather than the product.  That is, it focuses on expanding language and communication, self-determination, self-regulation, and creativity rather than a perfectly composed story.  The adult is a support, rather than an authority, building on student interests and using props to expand playful exploration and expression.

Learn More About Playing with Words

Please take time to view video examples of different types of storytelling:


Share Your Ideas!

We welcome you to submit your ideas and videos of students using a play-based collaborative approach to writing.  Please email us if you have something you would like to share.

Seeking Feedback

We are actively seeking feedback from the field about this section.  We invite you to fill out this form and let us know your ideas on how we can improve this Playing with Words microsite.

Playing with Words feedback


Download the Flyer!

Playing with Words flyer