Learn More About Pediatric Belt Canes
The Importance of Safe Mobility to Achieving Developmental Milestones for Children Who Are Congenitally Blind/Severely Visually Impaired
Date: August, 5 2021
Start time: 11.00am
Finish time: 12.00pm
The format for all sessions will be a recorded presentation followed by a live question and answer session. I will forward you instructions regarding length of video etc. later today.
AER I&P session: “Opening Doors”
August 5th 1:30-2:30 EST
Exploring the Link Between Safe Independent Exploration and Learning in Toddlers and Preschool Learners with Congenital Visual Impairments and Blindness
Maslow’s hierarchy places safety as second in order of needs for learning. The first need is physiological- meaning we first need to trust that we’re going to be fed and have a place to call home. The next most important need is safety. We all need to feel safe to achieve our potential. Blind toddlers who cannot see where they are going are inherently unsafe. Each time blind toddlers take independent steps; they are at risk for an unavoidable collision.
Learning from Lily: Growing up Mobility Visually Impaired
Lily was born in 2012 with optic nerve hypoplasia. She received early cane instruction, rectangular cane instruction and lots of love and support from her family. Lily's experiences help us learn three lessons
The history of orientation and mobility for children who are blind and visually impaired: A rationale for the pediatric belt cane (aka toddler cane)
Comparing 100 steps cane arc coverage of 3-year-old using her long cane and when wearing her belt cane
A very brief history of long, white canes and mobility tools for walking with a visual impairment
Video of presentation on pediatric belt canes (aka toddler canes)