Early Intervention Professionals and Families Recommend the Pediatric Belt Cane

Seven CCVI professionals (O&M, PTs, OTs, Admins) in a group photo are holding signs that together read CCVI heart's the toddler cane

Geri Darko, an O&M specialist from the Great State of Montana talks about her pediatric belt cane (toddler cane) experiences with two students Jack and Wyatt-both have videos on this site. Briefly, Geri is a fan.

Vodcast Interviews

Becky Hommer was an early adopter of pediatric belt canes. She shares her experiences introducing them to two-, three- and four-year-old children who were blind. All her students benefited from wearing their belt canes.

Elga Joffee became an O&M Specialist in the 1970s. She has taught children who were blind and visually impaired across the age and exceptionality spectrum. Elga was one of the first to learn of the idea for a wearable white cane and also has provided it to several of her students. Click play to learn all about it.

Mary Stap is a Teacher of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility specialist trained early intervention and elementary school teacher. She describes her approach to working with Donovan, a child with septo optic dysplasia (SOD) who has significant sensory challenges.

June found Safe Toddles through a social media post. She knew immediately that the pediatric belt cane would help her son Caeden. Caeden is two-years-old and has cortical visual impairment. He also has cerebral palsy, his right side is his weaker side. Watch to learn more

Matias' videos are powerful and Kylie was very generous in providing them to Safe Toddles. Matias at first seemed to reject his belt cane. She is glad she was able to convince him to use it. At 4-years-old he is a long cane user - and a good one. He is able to walk independently in his neighborhood. Oh yeah, he's blind- and to learn more watch!

Madison's (32 months) mom and dad discuss their experiences with the pediatric belt cane  aka toddler cane.

Theresa Lehman, teacher of learners with visual impairments discussed the benefits of the belt cane for a four-year-old student with cortical visual impairment.

 

Becky Hommer, orientation and mobility specialist, mom and grandma discuss the belt cane (aka toddler cane) for a two-year-old student who is blind due to Midas Syndrome.

Debbie Organ physical therapist to pediatric patients for over 35 years discusses the benefits of the pediatric belt cane for a three-year-old multiply impaired student with cortical visual impairment.

 

-A candid family interview provides background and explains why they chose a pediatric belt cane for two-year-old Jaxon.

Rosemary Williams is a TVI/O&M specialist discusses the benefits of the pediatric belt cane for a three-year-old multiply impaired student with cortical visual impairment.

A family interview with Jaxon's mother and grandmother continues

 

Interview of mom of 2-year-old Charna who is blind and has worn her belt cane for over a year.

In brief - Rosemary CVI toy recommendation

-Rosemary Williams TVI/O&M and special education teacher shows off a few of her favorite finds for working with children with CVI.

Kenedi is blind, and began walking before the age of 12 months. She loved to go, go, go, and that showed all over her face, including big bruises from the inevitable collisions. She didn't need the belt cane to help her begin walking, she uses it like another appendage because it prevents these collisions.

Damien is blind due to Norries and struggled with independent walking. He wasn't a fan of wearing his belt cane, at first. Now, he doesn't walk with confidence without it.