University of Edinburgh

Habilitation in the Early Years (0-8)


Allman, Carol B & Lewis, Sandra (eds)
ECC essentials: teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments
AFB Press, 2014
ISBN 9780891284987
Addresses the additional curriculum elements that visually impaired children have to learn in order to live independent lives, this includes curriculum access, assistive technology, mobility, independent living, social skills, careers and citizenship.

Blasch, Bruce B; Weiner, William R; Welsh, Richard L
Foundations of orientation and mobility (2nd ed)
AFB, 1997
ISBN 0891289461
Textbook on mobility for visually impaired people with information regarding other impairments and disabilities.

Blythe, Sally Goddard
Well balanced child: movement and early learning
Hawthorn Press, 2005
ISBN 9781903458631
A practical resource to help parents and professionals understand why movement matters and how music combined with movement can help develop mobility and learning.

Cutter, Joseph
Independent movement and travel in blind children: a promotional model
Information Age, 2007
ISBN 9781593116033
An innovative guide to encouraging activity, movement and independence in the young blind child. Emphasises partnership and team approaches for parents, teachers, assistants, therapists and rehabilitation workers.

Department for Education and Skills (DfES)
Developmental journal for babies and children with visual impairment [Early Support Pilot Programme]
Dept for Education and Skills, 2006
Designed for use by families to record the progress of their visually impaired child. It includes advice on what to expect, helps identify problems and provides practical ideas on how to progress to the next stage.

Ferrell, Kay Alicyn
Reach out and teach: helping your child who is visually impaired learn and grow
AFB, 2011
ISBN 9780891284574
This book was written as a guide to parents of young children with visual impairments. It was based originally on research into what parents wanted to know and remains a practical and accessible book.

Gold, Deborah & Tait, Anne (Eds)
Strong beginning: a sourcebook for health and education professionals working with young children who are visually impaired or blind
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 2004
ISBN 0921122071
A sourcebook of information about visual impairment and how it affects the development of young children.

Miles, Chris
Cycle of observation, assessment and planning: a guide for early years practitioners
Children in Scotland, 2013
ISBN 9781901589825
A resource based on a training course which aims to encourage early years practitioners to help young children develop along the lines of the curriculum for excellence outcomes.

Miller, Olga & Wall, Karl
Quality standards: delivery of habilitation training (mobility and independent living skills) for children and young people with visual impairment
Mobility 21, 2011
The term habilitation (not rehabilitation) is used in recognition of the distinct needs of children as they move towards independence and the acquisition of new skills. These standards are informed by current best practice and related international research to establish a baseline for habilitation practice.

MISE (Mobility and Independence Specialists in Education)
Mobility and independent assessment and evaluation scheme: early skills
MISE, [2006]
A checklist for mobility and independence skills including: Functional vision, communication, awareness, motor skills, independence skills and play & social skills.

Nielsen, Lilli
Early learning, step by step in children with vision impairment and multiple disabilities (3rd ed)
SIKON, 2001
ISBN 8775460513
Outlines the "Active Learning" method where environmental intervention can help children with MDVI achieve motor skills etc.

Pogrund, Rona L & Fazzi, Diane L
Early focus: working with young children who are blind or visually impaired and their families (2nd ed)
AFB, 2002
ISBN 0891288562
A comprehensive guide to early years (up to age 5) for children with visual impairments.



SSC, RNIB Scotland, Royal Blind School
Let me play: early years play for children with visual impairment
Scottish Sensory Centre, 2014
This resource offers an insight into the opportunities for learning that play provides to young children with visual impairment. Several children were filmed in their homes and early years settings and their parents talk about their experiences.

Assessment Materials

Anderson, Sharon; Boigon, Susan; Davis, Kristine; deWaard, Cheri
Oregon project: for preschool children who are blind or visually impaired (6th ed)
Jackson Education Service District, 2007
Monitoring and assessment of very young visually impaired children. A4 ring binder, CD-ROM & 5 Skills Inventory booklets.


Adams, Sue
Habilitation skills
Jul/Aug 2014, No 52, p
Raining confidence is the key to successful mobility education in a busy mainstream primary school.

Bain, Linda & Bisson, Angie
Making early mobility matter (part one)
March/April 2011, No 32, p9-12
Considers the important role of parents and carers in helping children to develop good early mobility and independence skills.

Bain, Linda & Bisson, Angie
Making early mobility matter (part two)
May/June 2011, No 33, p20-23
Considers the important role of parents and carers in helping children to develop good early mobility and independence skills. Includes meaningful experiences, staying safe and risk-taking.

Bent, Terri-Ann
Habilitation skills
May/Jun 2014, No 51, p20-21
A mobility specialist talks about her role in preparing a student for work experience.

Dawson, Lucy
Forward to the future
Mar/Apr 2014, No 50, p18-19
A young guide dog owner reflects on the ups and downs of getting her first guide dog.

Dicks, Jo
Habilitation skills
Sep/Oct 2013, No 47, p26-27
Mobility specialist looks at using ponies and horses with children with limited ability to move due to other disabilities.

Evans, Gwynneth
Pre-requisites to movement
May/Jun 2007, No 9, p35-37
Practical ways for families to encourage early movement in their very young visually impaired children.

King, Liz & Bathie, Fiona
Squeaky shoes: motivating young children to move
May/Jun 2007, No 9, p31-34
Two families try out "squeaky shoes" on their young visually impaired children to see the impact this has on their child's motivation to walk.

Kish, Daniel
Canes mean freedom: part one
Jul/Aug 2010, No 28, p38-40
Daniel Kish explains his ideas and methods for teaching cane use with very young children.

Kish, Daniel
Canes mean freedom: part two
Sept/Oct 2010, No 29, p39-42
Daniel Kish explains his ideas and methods for teaching cane use with very young children. Includes a parent's perspective on her child's training with Daniel Kish.

Klein, Janice Fuller
Developing a spatial map
Mar/Apr 2013, No 44, p20-21
A children's mobility specialist explains how blind babies develop their spatial understanding.

Mardsen, Janet & Labbett, Simon
Habilitation for children: the Mobility21 project
April 2010, No 52, p25-27
Outline of the habilitation studies course which concentrates on daily living and mobility skills for young children. Includes a 'student's perspective' section.

McDonald, Mary
Meaningful rewards
Nov/Dec 2014, No 54, p11-13
Providing extra motivation to visually impaired children to work on their mobility, technology and braille skills.

Naish, Lucy
Doing it by the board
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p30-32
Use of a resonance board to facilitate communication with a young child with visual impairment and complex needs.

Norman, Elaine & Stanley, Debbie
Habilitation skills
Mar/Apr 2014, No 50, p10-11
Fun ways to motivate children to get up and about.

O'Leary, Sharon
Habilitation skills
Jan/Feb 2014, No 49, p22-23
Second article on room familiarisation, this focuses on strategies for children with additional needs.

Tarling, Becky
Habilitation skills
Nov/Dec 2013, No 48, p23
A short item on room familiarisation using compass points.

Trull, Sharon
Habilitation skills
May/June 2013, No 45, p23
Tips on how to teach safe ironing skills to visually impaired children.

Wall, Karl
Minimising and managing risk
Jul/Aug 2010, No 28, p41
Learning about risks is a vital part of building independent living skills.