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Everyday Activities to Promote Visual Efficiency: A Handbook for Working with Young Children with Visual Impairments

by Rona Shaw Ellen Trief

Early intervention services are essential for infants and toddlers who are visually impaired and have some functional vision that they will be able to use for everyday activities--not only to ensure their early development but also to help them learn to use their vision with maximum effectiveness, right from the start. Everyday Activities to Promote Visual Efficiency offers guiding principles for early intervention with very young children who are visually impaired and who may also have additional disabilities. This important new resource provides simple activities that can be incorporated easily by families and service providers into the everyday routines of a baby or child to facilitate early visual development and use of functional vision.

When You Have a Visually Impaired Student in Your Classroom: A Guide for Paraeducators

by Joanne Russotti Rona Shaw Susan Jay Spungin

This guide defines the paraeducator's role and how they work with other education team members. Subjects covered in the book include basics of visual impairment, tips for encouraging student growth and the special material and devices needed by the student. Forms are also included to help organize information and track progress.

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