1st Edition

Supporting Life Skills for Children and Young People with Vision Impairment and Other Disabilities A Middle Childhood Habilitation Handbook

By Fiona Broadley Copyright 2023
    252 Pages 96 Color & 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    252 Pages 96 Color & 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    252 Pages 96 Color & 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    This practical resource is designed to help professionals, parents, and carers on their journey to independence with children and young people with vision impairments.

    Building on the ideas and practices introduced in Supporting Life Skills for Young Children with Vision Impairment and Other Disabilities, this book addresses middle childhood, the period from when the child starts school, through to the onset of puberty. It offers a wealth of practical strategies and activities to enhance key skills, including personal safety, advanced dressing, personal hygiene, dealing with puberty, social skills, time, money and organisational skills, eating, drinking and food preparation skills, and the transition to secondary school.

    This book:

    • Addresses the main independent living skills areas for vision impaired children in middle childhood, by providing simple explanations of skills and offering practical strategies and techniques to support progression onto the next stage
    • Is written in a fully accessible style, with photocopiable pages and additional downloadable eResources
    • Provides a variety of documentation to chart the child’s development and show progress over time

    This invaluable resource puts the changes that occur during middle childhood into context and will help busy professionals, families and carers start preparing children with a vision impairment for adulthood, allowing them to become confident and independent individuals.

    Common Terms used in this book

    PART 1


    PART 2

    Section 1. Personal Safety

    Section 2. Dressing and Fastenings

    Section 3. Puberty and Personal hygiene

    Section 4. Building Social skills

    Section 5. Time and organisational skills

    Sections 6. and 7 Money and Shopping skills

    Section 8. Eating and drinking

    Section 9 and 10.Food preparation and snacks and drinks

    Section 11. Household chores

    Section 12. Transition

    PART 3


    Appendix 1 Activities

    Appendix 2 Handouts

    Appendix 3 Let’s Cook


    Further Reading and Bibliography


    Fiona Broadley has taught Habilitation Skills (mobility, orientation and independent living) to children and young people with vision impairments and additional needs for over 30 years. As the Chair of Habilitation VIUK she helped gather research for the Mobility21 Project, which led to the creation of the National Quality Standards for the delivery of Habilitation Training. She currently heads a team of Registered Qualified Habilitation Specialists and lectures at Birmingham City University, delivering the Habilitation Elements training for Specialist Teachers.