Farmyard friends visited RIDBC!

21/04/15
Children with vision loss enjoyed their recent visit from some farmyard friends

Five families of children who are blind or have vision loss recently received a visit from some farmyard friends at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC).

The families were staying on site with RIDBC as part of an intensive residential 'Braille Week'. This program is held as part of the RIDBC Teleschool service, which supports families living in regional and remote areas of Australia using high quality videoconferencing technology.

"This farmyard experience provided an important learning environment," said RIDBC Teleschool Consultant, Kylie Gouliotis. "For children with vision loss, hands on experiences assist in concept development.  When sighted children learn about animals they can look at a picture and gain a solid understanding of size, shape and appearance. A child with vision loss misses out on this information. 

“Sensory experiences are particularly important for children who are learning braille, where tactile skills play an important role. Being able to discuss textures in relation to the animals will be a valuable learning experience."

Building the confidence of children with vision loss to interact with the world around them is also an important part of the program's educational outcomes.

"This experience helped build the children's confidence and self-belief," said Kylie. "It might be a bit scary to hold or feed an animal so we provided a supported environment where they could have a go at trying new things."

To find out more about RIDBC's full range of programs for children with visions or hearing loss, go to www.ridbc.org.au or call 1300 581 391.

RIDBC is Australia’s largest non-government provider of therapy, education and cochlear implant services for people with hearing or vision loss, supporting thousands of adults, children and their families, each year.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.