“What I am Looking for is not out there, it is in me."
~ Helen Keller
How Early Intervention Services Help Your ChildLighthouse of SWFL provides early intervention services to families and their children with visual impairments from birth through age five. Eighty-five (85%) of what we learn before our sixth birthday is through our vision. So, it is imperative that children who have visual impairments are identified early and accurately.
To qualify for our Intervention Services program the student must be under the age of 5, diagnosed with a bilateral visual impairment that impacts their ability to function independently, and there should be a reasonable expectation the family will benefit from services.
Lighthouse of SWFL aims to help families prepare their children to access the visual world in a non-visual manner. Family participation in the development and delivery of the service plan is an essential component of the Blind Babies program. Services can be provided in the child and family home, day care, school, neighborhood, or center-based setting. Learning is structured around the family and is individualized around the child’s and family needs.
- Tactile Cueing and Tactile Sign
- Braille Readiness and Tactile Discrimination Development
- Gross Motor Development
- Visual Efficiency Skills
- Beginning Technology Skills and Access
- Independent Living Skills (self-care and advocacy)
- Concept Development and Beginning Orientation Mobility