University of Edinburgh

Physical Education and Sports for Children and Young People with Visual Impairments or Deafblindness

Held on Monday & Tuesday, 14th & 15th March 2016


DAY 1:

This day looked at the importance of physical education (PE) and sports for children with visual impairments/deafblindness, and the research that supports this. Practical strategies on what to include in mainstream PE lessons were discussed, including:

  • Assessment for physical activity.
  • Teaching motor skills and physical activity.
  • Training support personnel (peer tutors and support staff).
  • Inclusion strategies for physical education.
  • Sports opportunities including setting up clubs and groups.

The day closed with a question and answer session.

DAY 2:

Day 2 looked at what can be done practically to involve children with a visual impairment/deafblindness and complex needs in PE and why this is important. The day explored:

  • Who are we talking about? How do we assess this population?
  • Instructing children with severe and multiple disabilities.
  • Positioning for Activity.
  • Training support personnel (peer tutors and support staff).
  • Inclusion Strategies.
  • Sport/Recreational opportunities.
  • Training parents to teach their children.

The day closed with a question and answer session.

Participants said:

"The enthusiasm of the speaker, she was great. Her enthusiasm has rubbed off and changes will be made in my school as of tomorrow."

"New ideas to use; fresh insight; feel I have a better understanding of how I can be a better teacher to VI pupils."

Target Audience

Teachers of the Visually Impaired/Deafblind, Physical Education (PE) Teachers, Health & Wellbeing Managers, Active Sports Co-ordinators, Class Teachers, Early Years Staff, Support Staff, Habilitation Specialists, Third Sector Organisations, etc, and those who work with children and young people with complex needs.


Professor Lauren J Lieberman, Director, Camp Abilities, Co-Director, Institute of Movement Studies for Individuals with Visual Impairments, College of Brockport, Kinesiology Dept, Sport Studies & Physical Education, Brockport, NY