University of Edinburgh
 

Positive Looking: A Practical Approach to Supporting the Development of Visual Skills

Books

Barraga, Natalie C
Teacher's guide for development of visual learning abilities and utilization of low vision
American Printing House for the Blind, 1984
Encouraging the use of residual vision in children. Includes a "Visual Efficiency Scale".

Fowler, Susan
Sensory stimulation: sensory-focused activities for people with physical and multiple disabilities
Jessica Kingsley, 2007
ISBN 9781843104551
Practical activities to stimulate the senses, including food-based activities, personal care and arts and crafts.

Harrell, Lois & Akeson, Nancy
Preschool vision stimulation: it's more than a flashlight!
AFB, 1987
ISBN 0891281363
Developmental perspectives for visually and multi-handicapped infants & preschoolers. Demonstrates procedures for early vision stimulation infancy to 4 years.

Miller, Olga
Supporting children with visual impairment in mainstream schools
Franklin Watts, 1996
ISBN 0749617470
A guide for mainstream teachers exploding popular myths about visually impaired children and underlining the importance of making the most of residual vision.

O'Hara, Brendan
Movement and learning: ... developing children's visual skills [Presentation notes from a course run at SSC on 9th-10th September 2008]
Brendan O'Hara, 2008
Outlines activities designed to improve visual skills in children.

Smith, Audrey J & Cote, Karen Shane
Look at me: a resource manual for the development of residual vision in children with multiple disabilities
Pennsylvania College of Optometry, 1982
Aimed for use with children who have a visual impairment or who are multiply disabled and visually impaired. The program describes visual stimulation techniques by use of case studies.

Assessment Materials

Northway, Nadia
Visual motor and perceptual skills therapy II: improve visual memory, visual discrimination, visual spatial skills and left, right reversals
Rainbow Readers, 2005
Exercises to help visual motor and perceptual skills, suitable for children aged 5 upwards.
http://www.rainbowreaders.co.uk/

Northway, Nadia
Visual motor and perceptual skills therapy: improve tracking, visual discrimination, visual spatial skills and left, right reversals
Rainbow Readers, 2005
Exercises to help visual motor and perceptual skills, suitable for children aged 5 upwards.
http://www.rainbowreaders.co.uk/

Articles

Comerford, Margaret
Seeing the light: a visual stimulation programme
Eye Contact
Summer 2003, No 36, p20-22
Using multisensory environments and techniques to help stimulate vision in children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment.

Inde, Krister
See more: a practical project for children with low vision
Visability
Autumn 2005, No 45, p19-21
The project aims to identify at what age children should start to use optical aids and encourages them to use their residual vision.

Minto, Hector
Eyegaze, eyetracking and visual stimulation
Insight
Mar/Apr 2014, No 50, p20-23
Describes what eyegaze technology is and how can be used with children with complex needs who also have visual impairment.