Vision and Orientation & Mobility ServicesOur Early Childhood Special Education program provides vision and orientation mobility services to students who qualify during the IEP process. The services include, but are not limited to the following:
- Provide Assessment and Evaluation - Determine how children use their functional vision across settings and what learning style best fits each child
- Direct Vision Services to include Braille Instruction - Provide direct services to help increase functional vision skills within the preschool environment, provide additional opportunities to increase auditory, tactile, olfactory, and taste modes, promote and teach literacy in braille, large print, or regular print (ie. compensatory or access skills include: communication modes, braille reading and writing, signature writing, and organization)
- Maintain Appropriate Learning Environment - Ensure the necessary modifications and accommodations are being used within the preschool environment
- Expanded Core Curriculum - The Expanded Core Curriculum is nine additional areas that vision service providers are responsible for including in their instruction and direct services to children with visual impairments such as daily living skills, technology, self-determination, etc. Please refer to the American Foundation for the Blind website for more information.
- Assistive Technology and Technology Skills - Determine the appropriate assistive technology needed for individualized students such as braille writers, slant boards, light boxes, etc. Provide direct instruction to the students on the proper use and care of assistive devices.
- Independent Living Skills - Direct instruction to students with visual impairments with eating with utensils, potty training, etc.
- Orientation and Mobility- Make contact with a Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialist if a preschooler is demonstrating difficulties with being safe and independent with the preschool environment.
- Self-Determination Skills - Aid the IEP team in helping promote self-advocacy skills to the preschool child
- Sensory Efficiency Skills - Provide a myriad of sensory based activities for preschool children who are blind or visually impaired
- Social interaction Skills- Help promote and teach age appropriate social interactions for preschoolers with visual impairments
- Support/Consultative Services - Consultation with the IEP team by providing education about each child specific visual diagnosis and the impact it has on their visual functioning and learning, sharing the appropriate modifications and accommodations that are necessary within the preschool environment, helping to determine appropriate instruction by modifying preschool activities, and providing support to families to help them carry over skills that are being taught within the preschool environment.
Orientation and Mobility Services: - Provide movement and safety services to students with visual impairments.
- Provide Assessment and Evaluation - Assess the mobility of children with visual impairments in multiple settings and provide parents and teachers reports.
- Direct Orientation and Mobility Services - Provide direct services in cane instruction, assistive mobility devices and movement/safety services within the preschool environment.
- Maintain Appropriate Learning Environment - Ensure the preschool environment includes as safe playground for the child with visual impairments and meets Americans with Disabilities Acts Guidelines
- Instruction in the Expanded Core Curriculum - The Expanded Core Curriculum is nine additional areas that vision service providers are responsible for including in their instruction and direct services to children with visual impairments such as daily living skills, technology, self-determination, etc. Please refer to the American Foundation for the Blind website for more information.
- Group training/In-services on cane skills and Orientation and Mobility Related Topics- Provide inservices and training to staff and parents about mobility equipment, terminology, modifications, and ways to ensure the child is safe and independent with the home and school environments.
- Recreation and Leisure Skills - Orient children to the preschool playground to increase their ability to be safe and independent. Provide direct instruction with basic preschool mobility skills such as walking, running, galloping, jumping, etc.
- Support/Consultative Services - Consult with the IEP team by providing education about each child specific visual diagnosis and the impact on mobility, determining appropriate modifications and accommodations within the preschool environment, ordering mobility equipment, ensuring the preschool environment is safe, and supporting the physical therapist goals