Last week my blog was historically based around the post-war soldiers, the effects of war causing blindness, and the need for Orientation & Mobility support in order for them to return to society. There is an interesting article I have found about the "Three men without whom O&M would probably never have become what it is today" Read on for more: http://www.sauerburger.org/dona/omhistory.htm
Many years ago with our son who was under 2 years old at the time, we stayed with a close friend of mine who had a background as an early childhood teacher and specialist in vision impairment. She understood every minute of child development, understanding what stage a child was at and where they would go next and taught me so much about looking for these steps and stages.
It was my wonderful friend who came up with the game of “Where’s Bob?” My son wore navy blue felt slippers with ‘Bob the Builder’ sitting on top. He was a fan of ‘Bob’ and loved getting into his PJ’s after his bath, putting his ‘Bob’ dressing gown on top and wearing his slippers. This particular evening, my friend had the slippers ready for my son and she decided to hold onto one and give him the other one. The slipper was hidden in the lounge area and my son had to go in search for it after each person gestured “Where’s Bob”? He was encouraged to scan around and look for ‘Bob’, to look in different places, under cushions, underneath furniture, up high, down low. ‘Bob’ was found and the game was repeated. ‘Bob’ was found several times over and it was a fantastic game that only required the ability to search, to be motivated, curious, encouraged to ‘look’, and gave my son the opportunity to extend his peripheral area when searching outside of his familiar place. The one resource needed for this game was a slipper.
‘Easter egg hunts’ are happening more and more around the country now at Easter and so many children get involved and embrace the experience. They too, search high and low, over and under, look into the distance and close-up. Don't just play once a year!
So when your child next asks to play a game, introduce “WHERE’S BOB?”
Depending on the ‘resource’ you use, this game will suit children of ‘all abilities’.
Feel free to add your ideas for resources in the comments below.
It’s school holidays and a time where routines change, different things happen at different times of the day and the kids you see at school may be different to the ones around home on holidays.
On days like these, there are many people out there alone. Today on Facebook, a parent with a child with Special needs wrote “how lonely and isolated life has become”. A person’s response was “most of us are isolated from family every day”.
Not only parents of kids with special needs but I believe it includes those people who live alone either through choice or loss of a partner. There are also those couples who have longed to have children but were unable. There are families who are living with people with mental health issues day in, day out. Adults with disabilities can be in a shared housing situation but still feel alone.
I have one son who was my 5th pregnancy, meaning I have experienced a number of losses and have had to accept the situation that there won’t be any more opportunities for him to have a sibling, someone to share a room with, share a holiday with, ask advice from an older brother/sister. Our extended family live interstate and some have passed on, so we have small celebrations and the day doesn’t always become any more extra-ordinary.
I guess if there is anything people want you to know when they are feeling lonely, overwhelmed, exhausted, resentful, sad, grieving – is for others (be it family or friend) to remember them and show them that by sending a message, picking up the phone and call, invite them over for a celebration or a cup of tea, or drop in unexpectedly just to surprise them, makes them feel connected.
We all want to make those connections.
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Kerri Weaver is a service provider for children with disabilities.