University of Edinburgh

Developmental Journal for Babies and Children with a Visual Impairment


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.

Drifte, Collette
Special needs in early years settings: a guide for practitioners
David Fulton, 2001
ISBN 1853468568
This book provides reader-friendly information about the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice and what it means for the Early Years practitioner.

Ennals, Paul
Together from the start: practical guidance for professionals working with disabled children (birth to third birthday) and their families
Dept for Education and Skills, 2003
ISBN 1841859060
Consultation document issued jointly by DfES and the Department of Health. Central themes are: Active partnership with parents, and communicating news of disability in a sensitive way; prompt and co-ordinated assessment of needs; the importance of key workers.

Gold, Deborah
Finding a new path: guidance for parents of young children who are visually impaired or blind
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 2002
ISBN 0921122381
Intended as a tool for parents to help them gain confidence in raising a child who has a visual impairment and as such covers all the main areas that parents will encounter including coping with the diagnosis, dealing with families and friends, child development and education.

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.

Haughton, Liz & Mackevicius, Sandie
I'm posting the pebbles: active learning through play for children who are blind or vision impaired
RVIB, 2001
ISBN 0949390585
Different types of play & activities are examined and suggested for good learning opportunities for children who have visual impairments.

Learning and Teaching Scotland
Birth to three: supporting our youngest children
LT Scotland, 2005
ISBN 184399061X
General guide for parents of young children and professionals who work with young children.

Mathieson, Kay
Social skills in the early years: supporting social and behavioural learning
Paul Chapman, 2005
ISBN 9781412902601
A user-friendly book offering strategies and advice on how to help young children develop their social, emotional and behavioural skills.

McDonald, Mary
Setting out: practical ideas for parents of children with sight problems
RNIB, 2002
ISBN 1858785286
Guide for parents about creating a loving and stimulating environment for children with sight problems.

McDonald, Mary
Which way? A guide for parents of children with multiple disabilities
RNIB, 2003
ISBN 1858785278
Part of the RNIB's Early years series of publications focusing on the more complex issues that can arise for children with sight problems who have other special needs.

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.

Murdoch, Heather
Early intervention for children who are deafblind
Sense, 2002
Short report that summarises the effects of deafblindness on early development and considers the implications for intervention programmes.

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.

Raynor, Sherry & Drouillard, Richard
Get a wiggle on: a guide for helping visually impaired children grow (2nd ed)
Blind Children's Fund, 1996
This booklet has been prepared to assist those who are in contact with blind or visually impaired infants. It contains suggestions which will be helpful in assisting these children, early in their lives, to grow and learn like other children.

Raynor, Sherry & Drouillard, Richard
Move it!!!: a guide for helping visually impaired children grow (2nd ed)
Blind Children's Fund, 1997
A sequel to "Get a wiggle on." RN 3216

Scottish Government
Guide to getting it right for every child
Scottish Government, 2012
Overview of the practice model set forth by the Scottish Government for ensuring that Scotland's children get the best start in life.

Scottish Government Social Research
Perspectives on early years services: qualitative research with service users
Scottish Government, 2008
ISBN 9780755972272
Qualitative research with parents, carers and children to explore their views and experiences of early interventions, early years services and support for families of young children.

Sugden, Janis (ed)
Early years visual impairment education: a retrospective
Scottish Sensory Centre, 2012
In 2007, SSC established a working group of professionals with an interest in early years and visual impairment, stressing the importance of early intervention and the requirement for ongoing collaboration between parents, teachers and other professionals. This booklet was drawn together from contributions from the group.

Wall, Kate
Special needs and early years: a practitioners guide (2nd ed)
Paul Chapman, 2006
ISBN 9781412929493
Aimed at early years' practitioners, professionals dealing with children with special needs and their families.

Warren, David H
Blindness and children: an individual differences approach
Cambridge U P, 1994
ISBN 052145719X
Summary and interpretation of research into the development of visually impaired children.


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.


Buultjens, Marianna ... [et al]
Low vision in early intervention: an interdisciplinary approach [Comenius project]
University of Dortmund, 2001
Compilation of electronic texts on low vision and early intervention. Includes Vision for Doing by Stuart Aitken and Marianna Buultjens.


Bailey, Gail
Toilet training with children who are blind or have very little vision
Jan/Feb 2008, No 13, p40-42
Advice for helping visually impaired children to become toilet trained.

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.

Cuthbert, Janet
Changing our view of early years development: Oregon and the Journal
Mar/Apr 2008, No 14, p36-39
Staff at a service in Leeds explore combining use of Oregon with the newer Early Support Developmental Journal for babies and children with VI.

Dale, Naomi & Salt, Alison
Social identity, autism and visual impairment (VI) in the early years
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2008, Vol 26 (2), p135-146
Explores how visual impairment might impact on early social and emotional development including self-awareness and communication with others.

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.

Fellows, Janice
Fantastic fingers
Jan/Feb 2010, No 25, p26-28
Pre-braille skills for young visually impaired children

Haylott, Vicky
Hands and ears
Nov/Dec 2007, No 12, p20-22
A mother describes life with her 2 year old son. The family are all blind.

Jennings, Julie
Involving parents in the early years
Nov/Dec 2009, No 24, p13-14
Describes three pieces of RNIB research related to families of young children with a visual impairment including a review of the Developmental Journal.

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.

Lamont-Robinson, Catherine
Hand to clay
Mar/Apr 2007, No 8, p35-38
Use of clay to develop children with multiple disabilities and visual impairments.

Lappin, Grace
Infant massage: a strategy to promote self-efficacy in parents of blind infants
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2006, Vol 24 (3), p145-149
Infant massage is promoted as a method for parents to improve confidence in dealing with their blind child and improve communication between them.

McCormack, Gwyneth
Making concept development fun
May/Jun 2014, No 51, p32
Ideas for using a multipurpose hanger for a variety of early learning opportunities.

Metell, Maren
“A great moment ... because of the music‚”: An exploratory study on music therapy and early interaction with children with visual impairment and their sighted caregivers
British Journal of Visual Impairment
May 2015, Vol 33 (2), p111-125
A ten week study of children with visual impairments aged 1-4 and their carers participating in music therapy group sessions.

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.

Scott, Bronwen
I'm starting to walk: I can use a cane
May/Jun 2007, No 9, p24-26
In Western Australia, children who are blind start mobility training as soon as they begin to walk.

Troster, Heinrich & Brambring, Michael
Early social-emotional development in blind infants
Child: Care, Health and Development
July 1992, Vol 18 (4), p207-27
A study which compares the social and emotional development of visually impaired children with sighted children, aged 9-12 months.