Development

Learn how to support your baby as they grow and develop through milestones, including gross motor and fine motor development as well as communication skills.

Filter by: Communication, Fine and Gross Motor, Orientation and Mobility

A girl comparing two bags

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Tactile Comparing Bag

Are you looking for ways for your blind child or student to experience tactual exploration in a safe, confined space? Then let me show you how to make your own...

Smart Cane recongizing owner's faces

Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility

Smart Cane Recognizes Faces

The XploR cane uses smartphone technology to send vibrations to the user when it detects a familiar face.

EazyHold grip strap used with children to hold toys, cups and utensils

Feeding and Eating, Fine and Gross Motor

EazyHold Grip Assist Strap

EazyHold is a simple but innovative grip assist strap that easily attaches to tools, toys, utensils and more! It enables children and adults with limited or no grip strength to...

Example of the Headpod being used

Fine and Gross Motor

Headpod keeps your head up!

Headpod keeps your head up! Revolutionary dynamic patented head support system for inadequate head control due to hypotonia of the neck muscles.

Ivan swimming

Fine and Gross Motor, Play

Making Swim Lessons Accessible for Blind Children

Find tips on how to make a swimming lesson accessible for kids who are blind or have other disabilities. Great ideas for parents or swim instructors!

Daniel Kish in a collared shirt holding a cane against a blue background

Orientation and Mobility

Learning to Navigate through Echolocation

Daniel Kish demonstrates his controversial echolocation technique that allows those who are blind to navigate using sonar in this TedX talk.

ProxTalker

Communication

The ProxTalker Communication Board with Real Objects

The ProxTalker is a communications device that gives nonverbal kids a voice. Tags can be customized for your child's specific situation, and added and revised as necessary.

how uni works

Communication

Sign to Speech to Text – The Next Big Thing for the Deaf Community

New technology translates sign language to speech and speech into text, making communication between those who sign and those who don't much more seamless.

Perkins Playspace

Development, Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities

Make Your Own Play Space for Your Blind Baby!

Blind babies may need help learning how to interact with and be actively involved in their environment. You can build your own active learning play space so your baby can...

Red Lechal shoe

Orientation and Mobility

These Shoes Were Made for…Giving Directions?

Ducere Tech, an Indian start-up, has created new technology whereby your shoes can tell you which direction to take by connecting wirelessly with your GPS nav system. This could be...

Ivan at the grocery store

Orientation and Mobility

Community Trips for Little Explorers: Teaching your child who is blind about the community

Children with visual impairment learn by having direct, hands-on experiences with objects and events, including those in their community. These experiences can build important concepts that will prepare your child...

child speaking with an iPhone

Communication, iPad Apps and Accessibility

Talkitt® Makes Unintelligible Speech Understandable

Talkitt translates unintelligible speech from any language into understandable speech through smart phones, tablets or computers. Works for people with speech disorders or diseases or syndromes that affect speech.

AFO socks

Fine and Gross Motor

AFO Socks

A great resource for anyone who uses AFOs, this site sells socks for both children and teens in a variety of colors. Yes, AFO socks in different colors and patterns!

Smartphone over printed text, showing larger.

Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility

Verizon Creates Navigational Tools to Promote Independence for Blind Users

Being blind means giving up a lot of independence; this new technology from Verizon gives blind people real-time information about their environment, including colors, textures, nav cues, and more, using...

little boy in a go baby go car

Orientation and Mobility

Go Baby Go Provides Mobility Inspiration!

Dr Cole Galloway from the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Delaware is adapting motorized ride-on toys for children with mobility special needs.

Blind Square

Assistive Technology, iPad Apps and Accessibility, Orientation and Mobility

Getting Around Using Assistive Technology when You’re Blind

Getting around keeps getting easier for blind travelers thanks to new assisistive technology. Find out about a new O&M iPhone app and an UltraBike!

Baby in a Merry Muscles jumper

Fine and Gross Motor

Merry Muscles: A Jumper for Big Kids!

Merry Muscles is a jumper that connects to a door frame or beam in your ceiling. What makes it special is that they carry ALL sizes, from baby up to...

girl listening

Orientation and Mobility

Echolocation for Blind Children

Echolocation is the use of sounds to gain information about the environment and surrounding objects. Blind kids can learn to use echolocation to augment traditional orientation and mobility!

STACS cards

Communication

STACS: Standardized Tactile Augmentative Communication Symbols Kit

Tactile symbol systems are valuable tools that aid learners with conversations about people, places, events, and ideas.

Joe Cutter

Orientation and Mobility

Little Long Canes

This is a wonderful 18 minute video interview with Joe Cutter, renowned early childhood Orientation and Mobility instructor who pioneered the use of the cane with very young children. He...

Orientation and Mobility

UltraCane

The UltraCane is an electronic cane for visually impaired users that delivers feedback through small vibrating buttons in the handle. Its ultrasound system provides information about obstacles in front of...

Little girl with a rainbow umbrella

Communication

Looking Deeper to Find the Person Within

Lesley Potgieter writes about reaching a child who cannot speak. Our ability to communicate via speech is the way the world accepts and interprets us, but Lesley argues that we...

Ivan touching a pinecone at the park

Development

10 Hands-On Activities to Teach Concept Development

Teach your blind child about the world through direct interaction! This is called "concept development" and through hands-on learning they can learn about textures, sizes, nature... all sorts of things!

ivan touching a tree

Orientation and Mobility

Adventure Walks: Helping Your Child Who is Blind Move Around Outdoors

Getting your blind child outside and moving around in the community can help them develop motor skills as well as Orientation and Mobility skills.