Blackline Masters for Low Vision Devices
Thick lined mazes for tracking and video magnifier skill refinement. Free preschool and kindergarten maze worksheets, free downloads.
Sensory efficiency skills refer to “how well an individual receives, transmits, and interprets information about people, objects, and events in the environment, using all sensory systems” (Smith, 2014, p. 117).
Sensory efficiency skills are important for both accessing the core curriculum as well as for accessing all other areas of the Expanded Core Curriculum (ECC). These skills are also important in fostering communication between learners and their peers.
The British Columbia K-12 Curriculum emphasizes Communication as a core competency. Communicating encompasses “the set of abilities that people use to impart and exchange information, experiences, and ideas; to explore the world around them; and to understand and effectively use communication forms, strategies, and technologies.” The curriculum identifies three facets of communicating:
Students with visual impairments need to use all available senses to learn about and understand the world around them. These skills allow students to effectively access the curriculum, learn new concepts, and communicate with others.
American Printing House for the Blind. Envision I: APH monocular trial kit. Louisville, KY: American Printing House for the Blind. [Resource Kit]
Barclay, L.A. (2012). Learning to Listen, Listening to Learn. New York, NY: AFB Press.
D'Andrea, F. M., & Farrenkopf, C. (2000). Looking to learn: Promoting literacy for students with low vision. New York, NY: AFB Press.
Easy Pocket Magnifier from Eschenbach in the PRCVI Library Catalogue.
Paths to Literacy. (2017). Listening Skills. Retrieved from http://www.pathstoliteracy.org/blog/listening-skills
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired. (2017). Fun Activities for Teaching Kids to Use Monocular Telescopes on a Low Budget. Retrieved from https://library.tsbvi.edu/assoc_files/77377021.pdf
Smith, M. (2014). Sensory Efficiency. In Allman, C. B., Lewis, S., & Spungin, S. J. (eds.). ECC essentials: Teaching the expanded core curriculum to students with visual impairments (pp. 117-186). New York, NY: AFB Press.