Move With Me: A Parents' Guide to Movement Development for Visually Impaired Babies

Doris Hug, Nancy Chernus-Mansfield, Dori Hayashi

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This booklet presents suggestions for parents to promote their visually impaired infant's motor development. It is pointed out that babies with serious visual loss often prefer their world to be constant and familiar and may resist change (including change in position); therefore, it is important that a wide range of movement activities be introduced to visually-impaired infants to make them more comfortable with trying new positions. The first chapter presents suggestions for encouraging the infant to lie on its stomach (most visually-impaired babies are more comfortable on their backs). Information is also presented on the special psychomotor development of premature babies. Activities in the second chapter are geared toward strengthening the muscles in the front part of the body, making the baby more comfortable about moving from one position to another, and practicing motor skills already learned. The third chapter presents suggestions for encouraging the baby's ability to shift weight from side to side and to extend its arms. The booklet is illustrated with photographs of parents and children performing some of the suggested exercises. 

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Bibliographic Information:

Doris Hug, Nancy Chernus-Mansfield, Dori Hayashi. Move With Me: A Parents' Guide to Movement Development for Visually Impaired Babies (1986). Blind Childrens Center: Los Angeles, CA. (17 pages).

Language: English

Reading Level: Average

Formats Available: Printed Material

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Blind Childrens Center
4120 Marathon Street
Los Angeles, CA
90029

Phone: (800) 222-3566
Fax: (323) 665-3828

Email: cathy@blindcntr.org
URL: http://www.blindcntr.org/

Languages Available: English, Spanish

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Intended User Audience:

The intended users are parents/family members and service delivery personnel in early intervention/early childhood special education and orientation/mobility. 

Product Development:

Administrators and other professionals in the field of EI/ECSE developed this material. No additional information is provided about the Spanish translation of this material. 

Product Evaluation:

At the present time, no formal evaluation has been completed on this material. Currently, there are no plans for evaluation. 

Product Dissemination:

At the present time, 12,294 copies of the English version and 1,835 copies of the Spanish version of this material have been disseminated across the United States as well as internationally. 

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