Social Skills for Children with Visual Impairments

Because so much social behavior is learned through observation, children with blindness or visual impairments need some assistance to find their place in the social world. In this section parents will find suggestions to help their children make friends, play with others, develop a sense of autonomy, and learn how to interact and reciprocate. This section also presents information on behavior problems and their interventions.

 
Perkins School for the Blind
Demonstrates strategies for teaching social skills to students who are visually impaired on a level equivalent with their peers.
 
FamilyConnect
This article has practical suggestions for parents of preschoolers for developing social skills.
 
FamilyConnect
This article discusses the importance of play in the development of social and language skills.  It lists specific suggestions for encouraging social interaction with other toddlers, through parallel play and pretend play.
 
FamilyConnect
Parent Susan Singler shares how good grooming and physical appearance were important to her son's socialization and acceptance, starting with his first months of life.
 
FamilyConnect
This article outlines ways in which parents can help their children to find playmates and make friends.
 
Perkins eLearning Webcast
"Social Thinking," developed by Michelle Garcia Winner, teaches social skills within a framework of interdependency and relationship, by showing that social interactions can be taught, and are critically important to a happy and satisfying life for everyone.
 
Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families
This article from the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families offers suggestions for "promoting children's healthy social-emotional development from birth to three."
 
Perkins eLearning Webcast
Life's enriching qualities can be overlooked in the teaching of foundational life and learning skills. Teachers can learn to integrate Quality of Life skills into the subjects they are already teaching, in order to help students gain skills that will help them have a good quality of life now and into the future.