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Promoting Social Interaction via Zoom

In addition to the many challenges that students with visual impairments face academically online, it can be difficult to find opportunities to socialize with peers. Families can try these ideas during this period of at-home learning.

Children's drawing of two dancersIn addition to the many challenges that students with visual impairments face academically online, it can be difficult to find opportunities to socialize with peers.  Here are a few ideas I have shared with families to try with their children during this period of at-home learning.

  • Dance parties:  Students can take turns choosing songs and playing them for each other online to dance or sing to.  Some may enjoy creating and sharing playlists.

  • Karaoke sing alongs:  There are a number of free Karaoke programs online that students can enjoy together at the same time.

  • Scavenger hunts:  One friend describes an item and the other friend looks for that item in their home.  It works best to keep items confined to one room of the house (e.g. kitchen items).

  • Family meet ups:   Some families may enjoy meeting up with other families via Zoom.  This can be an informal gathering or following a theme.

  • Mad Lib writing:   Write silly stories one sentence at a time. Each friend takes a turn.

  • Fashion shows:  Share possible outfit combinations.  Discuss the importance of changing in another room away from cameras.

  • Makeup tips:  Girls share their makeup tips and strategies. 

  • “Hang out” times:  Schedule weekly hang out and talk times.  These can be led by the students themselves or with some topic suggestions from an adult.

  • Host a birthday party on Zoom: Order cupcakes and have them delivered to the different children’s homes. Many children won’t mind the lack of presents once they hear their friends’ voices over the computer! 

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