Charna is blind due to unknown causes

(no light perception)


October 6, 2019 (Part II)

Charna is able to take the belt cane off by herself. She is so connected to what is happening around her and engaged with her parents.


March 4, 2019

Picking the best route

Charna's cane locates rough patch of sidewalk. She stops, moves her cane to locate smooth sidewalk and changes direction (crying sound is not Charna).

One minute video before & after 


Charna's progress! She started with tears and is going with self-confidence, independence and zest for life! Look ma' no hand holding!

First day March 28, 2018

Belt cane tears 

Charna is two and rejects most new things, her language is delayed.

Walks with wide based gait

She is not allowed in the toy room.


Later same day March 28, 2018

April 2, 2018

Wearing her cane in the home.

Dad is working on her walking, turning, following.

She says "cane" but mostly she is talking to herself.

April 3, 2018

Learning to respond to the cane.

Dad is teaching her "beep beep wall" (vand in yiddish).

April 4, 2018

Belt cane contact a wall, she turns to locate a clear path.

Language and play is repetitive, focused on self.

April 4, 2018

Walking on her own outside.

Language is echolalic.

Needs help standing up wearing cane.

April 13, 2018

Charna is mastering simple turns.

Her language is more interactive.

April 13, 2018

Charna has a series of moments where her long belt cane frame becomes stuck and free again.

April 13, 2018

Charna attempts to discuss walking family staircase with her nanny.

April 13, 2018

Charna sits down on floor, asks for help to stand up again. Dad is able to get her to walk to her high chair with promise of a cookie.

Charna and her dad explore the sidewalk in front of their home. Charna's pace is stop/start.

Her dad does a lot of prompting.

She feels the sunshine on her face is priceless.


Exploring tactile path info April 13, 2018

Charna stays upright after connecting with frame-first collision with a gate, but takes a tumble when she encounters a driveway ramp. 

When the cane drops off curb edge she turns back to path.

April 14, 2018

Charna stands up on her own


April 17, 2018

Charna sits down gracefully

​Runs away from dad.

She is learning to ask to take off her cane.

April 17, 2018

Charna learns back up and turn around when her cane frame gets caught in furniture legs.

Her first magnet belt, shorter frame


April 18, 2018

Charna explores, seeks, finds and plays. When the cane frame stops her, she is learning cane "stuck", "turn", "straight" and "stei auf" (stand up).

April 20, 2018

Charna's sister is teasing her and she uses the cane frame to ward her off.

April 22, 2018

Charna goes into the toy room.

She directs the cane frame to make contact with objects.

April 22, 2018

One month update:

She locates and explores toys

Her language is more interactive.

Moves about freely.


May 13, 2018

Charna releases the magnets from the cane belt.

Charna has improved her ability to maneuver the Shabish tish (table).

May 13, 2018

Charna switches back to the bungee belt cane which is longer.

She is still able to stand up wearing it.

May 17, 2018

Lesson on concepts

May 18, 2018

Charna follows multiple one-step directions: sit down, stand up, and back up.

June 6, 2018

Charna is exerting her will, when her cane frame can't push her mom out of the way, she tells her mom to back up.

June 10, 2018

Charna is playing chase with her dad. "laufen" means 'run' in Yiddish. She is able to remove her cane frame.

Check out how to "fix" this belt problem on our how-to page.

June 11, 2018

Charna's language and concepts continue to improve. Her cane frame pushes a school bus toy, she sits down, finds it, plays with it and then moves about again. Charna fixes" her cane whenever needed.

June 12, 2018

Charna searches for her dad. She loudly calls for him. She looks for toys that drop on the floor.

June 17, 2018

Charna's first time walking on the park trail under her own steam. Momentous.

July 25, 2018

Charna's mom provides in-sights into her feelings about the belt cane. She feels Charna has more confidence when she wears it.

July 25, 2018

This video shows the new tight-spaces cane. She can no longer separate frame from belt.

July 25, 2018

Charna doesn't mind a little sisterly roughhousing. She engages with everyone, she is able to freely and safely move about on her own.

July 25, 2018

Charna's early education teacher's house visit, she uses the opportunity to include the belt cane in her outside exploration. cane.

July 25, 2018

Evening filled with sisterly fun.

July 29, 2018

Charna spins 360 in the kitchen wearing her belt cane talking to herself.

Positive signs: she responds to items on the floor. When she falls down, she calls for her dad. When he responds, she goes to him.

August 24, 2018

Charna's walk to the park today is also a planned experiment.

Observe her wearing the daily frame

Tight spaces frame

Walking without a frame.

August 24, 2018

Charna's pace is altered by the tight spaces cane frame. The angle of the frame is suited for inside a home with smooth floors and few dangers.

August 24, 2018

Charna is talking less. Towards the end she keep repeating, "OK", "OK" - her way of saying -OK ready to put my cane back on please.

August 24, 2018

Charna resumes the walk to the park wearing the daily frame again.

Walking while blind is not without incident, belt canes make these incidents less frequently body collisions.

August 24, 2018

Charna was very unhappy moving about the rubber park mat wearing the tight spaces cane frame.

August 24, 2018

Charna is fully engaged in the swing. She is aware of where she is and what she is doing. Her feet are off the ground, but she is still grounded in the activity.

August 24, 2018

 When she calls her mom "tati" dad, he calls her to come to him. She does. She hears her mom in the kitchen and goes to her, all the time chatting.

August 26, 2018

Charna uses her cane frame to probe the furniture for more information. she also finds herself in the kitchen opening and closing a few cabinet doors. Then she moves on to go hug her mom. She is not stimming, she is learning.

September 4, 2018

Charna boards the elevator with  verbal prompts.

She walks on the subway grate to hear the sound it makes.

September 7, 2018

Charna moves her cane off to the side for attention. She easily moves it back in position. She uses the cane to probe for walls and other objects around her.

September 26, 2018

Charna distracted by toy while walking.  When she lets go of the toy, she again is able to control her cane frame.

September 26, 2018

Charna is like all two and a half year old, she doesn't want to hold hands. She wants independence and her dad and mom proudly encourage it.

October 17, 2018

An orientation and mobility lesson wearing her belt cane.

November 4, 2018

Charna is visiting the geese with a small group of friends and family.

November 17, 2018

Charna explores a family friend's home.

December 17, 2018

February 10, 2019

Charna mixes it up with her oldest sister, they pick on each other.

February 15, 2019

Charna is working with an O&M specialist.

 February 15, 2019

In the middle of pretend play, Charna turns her belt cane to her back only to return into position. 

February 15, 2019

Charna is working with an O&M specialist. 

February 15, 2019

Charna's dad uses clever activities to entice her to put on her shoes.

February 15, 2019

Charna and her dad walk around exploring the objects on the sidewalk.

February 15, 2019

Charna appears to be walking down the block alone, without any prompting.

February 15, 2019

Charna's dad and an O&M tandem lesson is a fun way to exchange ideas; the O&M learned about using bell balls and other tactics dad has developed. The O&M shows how to extend snow concept to motor skill.

 March 4, 2019

Charna is excited to go outside on a walk.


March 4, 2019

Charna responds to a rough patch of sidewalk by stopping, moving her cane frame to locate smooth sidewalk and changing direction. The crying child is not Charna or her sisters.

March 4, 2019

Charna's new cane base has additional aluminum on the base to allow the frame base to glide more easily over rough surfaces.

March 4, 2019

Charna is free to figure out the world on her own. She moves about alone, she does not have to hold hands.

March 31, 2019

Charna and her dad are playing together.

March 31, 2019

Charna's gait, pace and independence is age appropriate.

Final videos - June 2019

June 14, 2019

Charna walks well in guide with a family friend.

She controls her cane when needed.


June 14, 2019

As in so many other videos, the base of the cane prevents her from stepping on and bumping into obstacles when in guide.

           Path information in action.

June 14, 2019

Charna is in a noisy park with the family. You can hear the music and crowd noise. She holds up her hands and demonstrates she wants to continue walking with a guide. Good choice little one.


October 6, 2019

At 46 months of age, Charna's language, concepts, gait, pace and social interactions are age-appropriate. (Part I)