Orientation and Mobility - Level 2
Depending on your student's current level and ability, this workshop can help you develop or enhance your skills to:
- Know the impact deafblindness has on O & M, motor development, independent movement, exploration of the environment ' communication development.
- Collaborate with the O & M specialist, and others, to adapt intervention and instructional strategies to facilitate and encourage your student's movement
- Effectively teach body parts, movement capabilities and body part relationships to your student
- Encourages exploration and travel in progressively larger spaces
- Use strategies to increase functional movement appropriate to your student's position
- Develop individual programming and provide opportunities for gross motor development
- Develop individual programming and provide opportunities for fine motor development
- Use strategies to increase spatial and positional relational skills
- Use strategies to increase cause and effect skills
- Create opportunities for your student to reach out and explore
- Assist your student to organize sensory information, orient to space and objects in environment.
- Use strategies to increase understanding of representations
- Model and promote the use of mobility techniques and devices (adaptive mobility devices, guided travel, trailing and protective techniques, cane, and other mobility devices)
Level two instruction is intended for learners who are deafblind and are ambulatory or are expected to become ambulatory. The O&M Specialist will provide the lead in the assessment, program planning, and instruction for these students, with follow up provided by the school team.
Children learn about the environment as they move through it. Vision and hearing motivate independent movement through space and helps the child understand distances, spatial arrangements, and even social contexts (Pogrund & Fazzi, 2002). As a child experiences a variety of environments he/she is able to recognize and interpret an array of sensory information. Vision tells the sighted individual how the environment is set up. For most children, the sense of sight and the sense of hearing provide the greatest motivation for movement.