Social skills are the foundation of everything that we do. Children with visual impairments encounter many opportunities for social learning, but the social learning must occur in a different way, and there’s no better way to illustrate this than video. Visit the Perkins School for the Blind for wonderful examples of how to support young children develop foundational social skills!
Promoting Friendships for Young Children: Learning to play with others is not always easy for toddlers and preschoolers. Your child or the child you work with, may need some guidance in this area from you and others. The more involved they are in all aspects of family, school, and community life, the more opportunities they will have to learn about socializing with others and to have fun participating in recreational activities. Utilize these resources to help your child or the child you work with who is blind or visually impaired learn to play with other children and build friendships.
Developing Routines: Routines are an important way to help young children to develop concepts and skills that are the basis of literacy among other early childhood routines and life skills. Meaningful experiences are a critical foundation to learning and participating. Check out these great ideas about how structuring activities in a clear and predictable manner help children learn many skills that will help them to be successful!