Educator Lucia Hasty provides an overview of early literacy goals and objectives for working with children who are blind or visually impaired, in these videos produced by Perkins School for the Blind. Young children who are blind may not have the exposure to books and reading experiences that their classmates who are sighted have. Their exposure to braille may be even more limited. Hasty explains that overall expectations are the same as they are for all children, and notes specific needs for braille readers. These videos also address some of the common questions families and their support networks have about teaching braille to a child. Concepts like a child’s age, motor skills, reading style, education interests, and general education involvement are explored, with reference to research findings regarding these topics. Each video explores a particular area of the literacy curriculum.
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