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

Ivan in aquatherapy

Fine and Gross Motor

What is Aquatic Therapy?

Aquatherapy for children with disabilities improves strength and flexibility and also focuses on body awareness, sensory integration, motor planning, and learning how to move muscles in new ways. The pool...

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Development

AbilityPath

AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life - through all phases of a child's growth...

white canes

Orientation and Mobility

Great Place for Canes

Advantage Canes is a wonderful organization that also fixes canes, replaces tips and does everything quickly. They can also make specialty canes based on your height.

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Orientation and Mobility

No Bones About It: Official Blog of Guide Dogs for the Blind

No Bones About it is the official blog of Guide Dogs for the Blind. You can enjoy great posts by frequent No Bones About It contributors.

Ivan playing with his can puzzle

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

Make Your Own Can Puzzle!

If your child has a vision impairment or struggles with fine motor skills you may want to create a sorting puzzle that is simple. Most sorting puzzles have multiple shapes,...

Ivan in his swing

Development, Fine and Gross Motor

Vestibular Stimulation: Making Sense of the Other Senses When Your Child is Blind

Many children with visual impairments seek out physically stimulating activities, like swinging or rocking. Here are ways you can help channel that energy.

Ivan at Grocery Store

Development

Everyday Activities for Blind Children

Simple ways to introduce your blind or disabled child to everyday activities and experiences. Teach your child about how the world works and the things people do every day.

Ivan signing bib

Communication

Sign Language for Blind Babies

Can sign language work for blind babies? Signs are made to be very visual, can blind babies really pick them up? We're here to tell you first hand, YES! We'll...

Ivan scooting through a tunnel

Orientation and Mobility

Orientation & Mobility for Blind Babies

How to begin orientation and mobility (O&M) training for your blind infant - before they're even crawling!

blind user using GPS

Assistive Technology, Orientation and Mobility

GPS and mobility educational equipment

GPS and talking map software allows the blind traveler to keep the taxi driver honest, enjoy hearing about the sites and businesses being passed or know independently when to get...

dog getting a kiss

Orientation and Mobility

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind provides enhanced mobility to qualified individuals through partnership with dogs whose unique skills are developed and nurtured by dedicated volunteers and a professional staff.

Oregon Project

Development, Education

Oregon Project for Visually Impaired & Blind Preschool Children

The Oregon Project is a comprehensive assessment and curriculum designed for use with children birth to six who are blind or visually impaired.

communication board

Communication

Say it With Symbols

Say it with Symbols! is the first stop resource for families, caregivers and educators looking for easy-to-use, functional augmentative communication aids that help people with severe speech disorders actively participate...

tangible symbols

Communication

Using Tangible Symbols for Communication with Blind Children

In this video Elizabeth Torrey, Speech and Language Pathologist in the Early Learning Center at Perkins School for the Blind, talks about the use of tangible symbols in helping children...

Ivan on a ball

Development, Orientation and Mobility

In, On, and Under: Teaching Children who are Blind About Location

Basic prepositional concepts like in, on, under, behind, etc. can be very difficult for blind children to master. We'll share our ideas to help you teach these concepts.

A baby in a bumbo seat

Fine and Gross Motor

The Bumbo Baby Seat: Helping your baby join in

Learn about the Bumbo Baby Seat and find out why it's great for blind and disabled babies and toddlers who need help sitting up on their own.

Alexa with her cane

Orientation and Mobility

Orientation and Mobility for Children

This site can assist with questions you may have regarding the use of the long white cane, the purpose of the cane, and the importance for individuals who are blind,...

black dog

Orientation and Mobility

Paws for Thought: Working with a Guide Dog

This blog is an online diary of training and working with guide dogs.

WaterWayBabies

Fine and Gross Motor

WaterWayBabies

The WaterWayBabies System is a simple, easy-to-use water-based method of stimulating and strengthening your baby to help improve physical and mental development.

Bilibo

Fine and Gross Motor, Toys

The Bilibo: A Great Toy for Visually Impaired Kids

Find out about Ivan's new favorite toy - the Bilibo - and why it's so great!

car

Development

The Drive-Thru Carwash, What’s Not To Like? Making the case for Occupational Therapy

Reduce the stress of the weekly errands by helping your child strengthen their sensory response through occupational therapy. The OT Mom, of the Sense-Able Baby website, suggests providing calming sensory...

Ivan eating puffs

Development, Feeding and Eating

Picking Up Puffs: Working on Developmental Milestones One Step at a Time

We'll give you tips and ideas on how to set goals and teach your blind baby how to finger feed.

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

Development, Special Needs

Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment

We'll review the book Developmental Guidelines for Infants with Visual Impairment and explain why it's a must read for parents of young blind children and blind babies.

Ivan with his dad in his sensory play area

Fine and Gross Motor, Sensory Activities, Toys

Make Your Own Sensory Play Area for Your Blind Baby

What if you could design your own play area that would stimulate your blind baby's senses and make them feel safe and willing to explore at the same time?