Gwyn McCormack from Positive Eye has generously submitted a series of ‘Top Ideas’, which we will be sharing each month. You can read her introduction to the series and other posts here.

This specific series is centred around the importance of concept development when teaching children who have a vision impairment. The ‘Top Ideas’ can be utilised by your child’s educational setting or by a parent wanting to give a little extra help with learning from home.

Idea 1

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Idea 1: Concept Development

Maximise the learning from every experience. Do not miss any of the following 5 stages for any child. Develop the ‘ness’ of the concept

Image 1: A real dog. Extensive experience of real object.

Image 2: Toy dog. Introduce model linked to real object – same and different, big and little.

Image 3: Cardboard cut out of dog. Draw round model – cut out, match model to 2D shape. Get child to put model through the cut-out hole.

Image 4: Pencil drawing of dog on cardboard. Draw round the 2D card cut-out – black pen, white card (child needs to be involved)

Image 5: Toy dog on top of drawing. Match 2D cut out to line drawing – to model – to real object.

Key Point: Link learning to everyday experiences.

‘NESS of an object means give real experience of smell, taste, touch, feel, walk, feed, stroke, play with dog, smell the dog. Big and little dogs, thin and wide dogs, same and different dogs. Role play taking dog for a walk. ‘DOGNESS OF DOG’.


Make the child with SEND the starting point for planning, NOT the ADD-ON


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