University of Edinburgh
 

Supporting the Development of Early Social Skills in Babies and Young Children with Vision Impairment (0-5)

Presented on Friday, 9th June 2017

Content

This course explored the importance of developing and nurturing early social skills in babies and young children with visual impairment including how to use a practical, planned approach to do this. The day covered:

  • The importance of developing and nurturing social skills in the early years to support later positive social interactions and experiences.
  • Practical suggestions to support the emotional wellbeing of the child and their family.
  • Links from the Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with Visual Impairments to the Benchmarks set out by Sharon Sacks, author of many books on teaching children with visual impairments social skills.
  • Ideas and practical suggestions for supporting the development of social skills in babies and young children, through play and structured social skills programmes for the early years setting.

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Target Audience

All those supporting babies and young children with a visual impairment, including teachers, early years practitioners, early years workers and parents.

Presenter

Gwyneth McCormack, Director, Positive Eye Ltd.

Programme

10.10 am Impact of visual impairment on emotional well being and development of social skills in babies and young children with visual impairment.
Assessment of social skills and supporting emotional well being

1.15 pm Strategies and resources to support the development of social skills, including ideas for play in developing social skills
Planning a programme of intervention

3.50 pm Course Evaluation and close