by: Carmen Willings
The playground should be adapted for the student with visual impairments. It is important for a student to be oriented to a playground when it is quiet and when other students are not on the playground. In addition to learning where the equipment is located, students should have the opportunity to tactually explore the equipment to learn how it moves. Student should also be instructed to visually scan the playground and/or use auditory cues prior to moving from one area to another.
For Students with Low Vision
For Students with Little/No Vision
Although the O&M instructor will encourage the student to use a light touch as they are trailing walls, it is best to place materials at a height that they will not be accidentally ripped or torn.
You may also want to consider placing a strong, textured collage at a student’s handrail height to provide motivation for maintaining a trailing technique. This will help the student realizes where the collage is in relation to other activity areas and classrooms. The art teacher may embrace this idea and design permanent three dimensional collages specific to key areas of the building.
Possible Outdoor & Playground activities
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