The Blind Babies Program provides early intervention services to families and their children with visual impairments from birth through age five, focusing on concepts such as fine motor, gross motor, social, emotional, cognitive and communication skills. Early Intervention services are critical in preventing unnecessary developmental delays due to vision impairment.
Services are provided to the child and family in the child’s home, day care, school, neighborhood or center-based setting. Learning is structured to maximize the visual and developmental progress of each child. The goal is to prepare low vision and blind children to be at the same level as their age-appropriate peers upon entering a formal education program. Family participation in the development and delivery of the service plan is an essential component of the Early Intervention program.
The Blind Babies Program includes educating parents/caregivers about the effects the visual impairment will have on the child, providing support and information for transition to preschool and kindergarten, and training parents to teach their children skills like reaching, grasping, eating, toileting, dressing, and more. 85% of what we learn is through our vision, so it is imperative these children receive these services to ensure they are successful in the future.
Early intervention Specialists strive for progress in the following areas:
• Visual attention and ability to track in all directions (across midline).
• Participation in activities to encourage use of both hands.
• Activities to encourage motor development.
• Incorporating various products which help promote development such as the APH Light Box and Fine Motor Kit.