Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model

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Information Age Pub., 2007 - Health & Fitness - 331 pages
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The purpose of this book is to contribute to the understanding of Developmental O and M, independent movement and travel in blind children. The goals of this book are: To increase knowledge of a developmental perspective for the young blind child with positive, useful information, gained from many years of experience working with blind children as an O and M professional To increase confidence both in thinking about the blind child's O and M needs and in interactions with the blind child To promote in blind children a positive thinking about their own movement and travel and to view themselves as travelers To facilitate the setting of age -and stage- appropriate movement and travel expectations for blind children. To offer an alternative "developmental approach" to conventional practices which derive from an "adult-centered model" To be a provocative catalyst for positive change in the field of O and M Unlike many books and articles on orientation and mobility (O&M) for blind children, this one is not about the effect of blindness on movement. Such an inquiry is self defeating from the start, as it often begins with misconceptions and deficit-thinking about blindness and the blind child's early motor development. Instead, this book is about the effect of movement on development and the importance of movement experiences for the development of independent movement and travel in blind children. It has a clear premise: blind children must become "active movers" if they are to become independent " travelers."

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Independent movement and travel in blind children: a promotion model is an essential part of the professional library of practitioners with the courage, passion, and creativity to have a positive impact upon the lives of blind and low vision children. In this book, Joseph Cutter shares his insights derived from decades of experience and with the acknowledged collaborative partnerships with professionals from other disciplines within the child development spectrum, educators, parents, and especially the very blind folks that he served for so many tireless and selfless years. The information provided herein is presented in an honest straight forward manner, without unnecessary confrontation. The book accomplished nothing short of a revolution in the blindness field in the basic premise that children, from their earliest adventures into the wonderful world of curiosity, exploration, and play should be provided with superior tools such as the long white cane. Let the record be clear, before Mr. Cutter began to advocate for putting canes in little toddler’s hands, the Orientation & Mobility (O&M) field denied these critical skills to children until their teens or pre-teens, opting instead for awkward pre-cane devices and protective techniques that denied or delayed the natural age appropriate development of the child within his/her abilities.
Even if you are not in any way a professional in the blindness field, there is much to be gained in this must read for parents of any child, those interested in the process of human development, or if you simply enjoy stories involving very normal, albeit historically disenfranchised folks, doing their best to be accepted in to society. It is firmly based in the disability civil rights paradigm of advocacy for blind people.
It will be many years before a work of equivalent quality makes the scene.
Maurice Peret, National Orientation & Mobility Certifier Trainer (NOMCT)
Maurice Peret, National Orientation & Mobility Certifier Trainer (NOMCT)
 

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