Welcome to Positive Eye, the UK’s leading independent training and resource provider for children and young people with visual impairment.
Positive Eye delivers practical, resource rich courses and training to practitioners across the UK and Europe on how to meet the educational needs of children and young people with visual impairment.
Why have training from Positive Eye?
Positive Eye has evolved to become a highly respected, national and international training provider. Regular clients, energised and enthused by Gwyn the Director, often look further to Positive Eye for more training because it does what it says on the tin – it is delivered by a practitioner with 20 years experience, in a practical, creative, hands on, interactive style and teaches the professional how to support children with VI in the classroom
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‘Oi Frog’ is written by Kes Gray and Jim Field and is published by Hodder Children’s Books
A wonderfully funny rhyming story about a frog who talks to a cat about what animals sit on – but the frog doesn’t want to sit on a log!
The illustrations are colourful and the animals are captured in a lively way throughout the book. Here are some ideas and suggestions to make the book accessible to children who use tactile methods to enjoy literacy.
Recently I had the opportunity to read this story to a group of children who were both sighted and visually impaired, they all had so much fun feeling the animals and guessing what they sat on!
Extending the learning
- Read the story and encourage the child to hold the animals and objects whilst they listen. Have fun guessing what each animal might be sitting on!
- Listen to a recording of each animal/bird noise, guess the sound each animal/bird makes
- Categorise the animals and birds, e.g. jungle, woodland
- Categorise each animal/bird’s habitat
- Make a map of the world and plot where the animals/birds live
- Make up a story about each animal or bird around the object they are sitting on.
- Make a word book beginning with the initial letter of the child’s favourite animal/bird from the story.
- Categorise the objects the animals/birds sit on, by texture, shape, initial letter sounds. Explore the qualities of the objects and work on extending the concept of each, e.g. ‘cakeness of cake,’ boxness of box.’
- Encourage the child to place the animals/birds in the order that they are introduced in the story.
- Encourage the child to place the correct object with each animal/bird before you read the story to them.
- Visit the zoo or animal centre in your local area and stroke some of the animals from the book!
Creating a holistic approach based on a theme or story enables children who are visually impaired to access and enjoy literacy and numeracy activities in a meaningful way.
The film ‘Frozen’ has been tremendously popular with many children. The following are accessible, creative, fun ideas and suggestions to bring the story alive and to make it meaningful for children with visual impairments. The ideas offer a starting point and can all be adapted to suit the individual visual needs of the child you are working with.
Download the full resource sheet here
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During the next two years Positive Eye is participating in an Erasmus+ (European) project entitled ‘TeachCVI.’
The project partners are:
- The National Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Iceland (coordinator)
- Child Vision, Ireland
- State Diagnostic Centre, Iceland
- The Royal Blind, Uk
- KU Leuven, Belgium
- Agency for special needs education and schools, Sweden
The partners include a wide range of specialist professionals including low vision therapists, special educators, teachers of VI, plus a child neurologist and a paediatrician.
The aim of the project is to:
- To build a bridge between the teacher/educator and healthcare professionals to benefit children with cerebral visual impairment
- making a tool for healthcare professionals and educators to screen for CVI
- producing resources for assessment of CVI
- creating teaching materials to support the child’s access to literacy
Our aim is to reach out to and disseminate the results of the project with as many educational and healthcare professionals as possible.
Visit www.teachcvi.net for more information
Here is what the audience thought after attending the ‘Skills for Tactile Graphics course on the 1st December 2015.
The course included a free copy of the NEW SKILLS FOR TACTILE GRAPHICS Resource from Positive Eye.
Participants were guided through the hierarchy of tactile skills required to access graphics, starting with understanding real objects and concept development and moving through the stages of handling models, 2D representation and finally symbolic representation.
The key message of the day, of many, was:
Find the opportunities within the day to day curriculum to introduce, monitor, observe and build on these skills. Think of this curriculum spanning the child’s education sitting above what they do day to day in school. All these skills can easily be included within the day to day work in school, whatever their age.
Positive Eye can deliver this course to your Service, school or setting download flier
To purchase the resource visit www.positiveeye.co.uk/positive-eye-shop page 3, item 30
Review of Positive Eye’s latest product by ‘Skills for Tactile Graphics’ by Dr Roxana Elena Cziker, Low Vision Therapist, Services and Institute for the Blind, visually impaired and deaf blind, Reykjavík, Iceland.
Photograph of resource ‘Skills for Tactile Graphics’
The resource “Skills for Tactile Graphic” is set up in a very professional and structural / organized way covering the holistic areas of practical tactile skills in children with vision impairment. The resource includes all the educational steps related to learning strategies for concrete, iconic and symbolic. The material is not only a resource which can be used in practice with blind children, but it also provides a clear description for teachers to apply in their daily activities to strengthen the tactile skills in blind children. Thus, the resource includes a checklist for development of skills providing a complete cycle of tactile development, evaluation – training – evaluation. I highly recommend this resource for teachers, parents of children with vision impairment as a model of creativity and passion in the field of vision impairment.
www.positiveeye.co.uk/positive-eye-shop page 3, item 30.
Available to purchase from the Positive Eye Shop
- ‘I Can’ – develop self esteem, emotional well being and a ‘can do’ approach with this simple fun resource for children. (Page three item no: 28)
- Roles and Responsibilities Training Tool –bring the team around the child together, agree goals, agree roles and responsibilities – a practical, interactive tool for training (Page three, item no: 29)
- Skills for Tactile Graphics – a programme of ideas and suggestions to develop tactile skills to access graphics (Page 3, item no: 30)
- Plus in addition to the large print rulers (item no: 31), there are now large print protractors available for sale (item no: 32)
Visit Positive Eye Shop for more information
Read about how Bradford Service for VI use Positive Eye’s resource – ‘Positive Looking’ across the Local Authority Special Schools in a strategic way to support the development of visual skills, find the article on RNIB’s online version of INSIGHT magazine