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 3: Concept Hanger

Positive Eye Idea 3 Concept Hanger

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Idea 3: Concept Hanger

Key Point: Create bases for learning – IKEA Hanger (Komplement)

Image shows an IKEA Komplement hanger covered in different bracelets.

Maximise the learning from every experience.

Collect groups of objects and hang on the IKEA hanger.

Encourage all children to bring their object to school and hang up.

Encourage exploration: sort textures, shapes, types, qualities and characteristics of objects.

Make a bracelet

Make a jewellery box for the bracelet

Make a list of events bracelets signify – birth, birthday, christening, wedding, pop concert entry

Count the bracelets

Find other items made of circles

Make a collection of other types of jewellery

Make a book of the bracelets, place one per page on a black background

Ensure you fully explore the ‘NESS of the object and link to real experience with the child.

Change the collection each week and encourage parents to buy an IKEA hanger and do this activity at home with all the family.


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


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