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Independence Skills Tuesday 14 th January 2014 2.30-3.10 Michelle Beirne-Shalice and Gary Learmonth sensory support service.

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1 Independence Skills Tuesday 14 th January Michelle Beirne-Shalice and Gary Learmonth sensory support service

2 To develop an awareness and understanding of the implications of a vision impairment on developing independence skills. Learning Objective

3 This workshop will focus on the implication of a vision impairment on developing independence skills at home and in school. This will include an assessment of your individual pupil’s independence skills and steps towards developing these areas of need. There will be opportunities to see specialist ILS equipment.

4 Mobility and independence assessment All children with a visual impairment should have a basic assessment.

5 Educational progress Included in Statement of SEN under “educational provision”

6 Inclusion More than academic inclusion Full inclusion in all activities of the classroom on an equitable level to fully sighted peers All require good mobility and independence skills

7 What are mobility and independence skills?

8 Early and Foundation Mobility and Independence Body and spatial awareness – e.g. early sensory-motor development, spatial language, mobility and orientation in different settings Social and emotional development – asking for assistance, social conventions, manners, confidence and motivation.

9 Advanced Mobility and Independence Travel skills – e.g. routes and technical aspects of travel, mobility and orientation, road safety, cane techniques Independent living skills (ILS) – e.g. kitchen skills, eating, hygiene, money handling, dressing.

10 Independent living skills Kitchen skills, e.g. Household management Money management Personal presentation skills Dressing Personal hygiene, teeth Medication Shopping Self-service café and various other contexts ‘Transferability of skills’ and ‘problem solving’

11 Mobility skills and the NC Mobility skills need to overlap with the National Curriculum – communication essential between all working with the pupil including their parents

12 Roles and responsibilities Who? Roles need to be formalised Key people need to be trained and supported appropriately

13 Now… Assessment of individual pupil’s independence skills

14 Next steps… Identifying an area of need and next steps to developing this skill

15 Examples of ILS equipment Liquid level indicator

16 Tactile measuring jug

17 Talking weighing scales

18 Talking clock

19 Kitchen timer

20 Dycem mats

21 Questions?

22 Sensory Support Service Elmfield House Greystoke Avenue Westbury-on-Trym Bristol BS10 6AY Tel: Fax: Text: sensory support service


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