A wild and wonderful introduction to animal homes for children with vision loss

Children at RIDBC VisionEd Preschool experienced life as a snail during the Rangers on the Run visit!Children at RIDBC VisionEd Preschool experienced life as a snail during the Rangers on the Run visit!

Students at Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) VisionEd Preschool recently enjoyed a wonderful introduction to wild animal homes, when Rangers on the Run paid a visit.

Wild Homes is an educational and environmental program by Rangers on the Run which explores why and how wild animals build their homes to survive. “This program is not only a valuable learning experience for our students, it is also a wonderful tactile activity where the children had the opportunity to experience what it would be like to live in different animal homes” said Kathryn Bowie, Director, VisionEd Preschool.

"The children were encouraged to investigate real animal homes on a discovery table and to dress up and play in many different animal homes such as turtle and snail shells, large leaves, tree trunks and logs.

"For children with vision loss, this type of hands on experience assists in concept development and through tactile investigation the child can better understand the texture, size, and shapes of the different animal homes.” 

RIDBC VisionEd Preschool is a reverse integration preschool which is purpose built to cater for the needs of a child with vision loss. Children from the community also attend, effectively creating a typical mainstream preschool environment with a highly specialised program for children with vision loss.

To find out more about RIDBC's full range of programs for children with vision 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.