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Independent Movement and Travel in Blind Children: A Promotion Model (PB) (Critical Concerns in Blindness) [Paperback]

Joseph Cutter
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21 Mar 2007 1593116039 978-1593116033 1
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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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Information Age Publishing; 1 edition (21 Mar 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593116039
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593116033
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 15 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 882,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The way forward 10 Mar 2008
By VImummy
This book is revolutionary. It turns the idea of how orientation and mobility (O&M) training for childen with visual impairments should be done on its head.

The techniques for teaching blind people how to use a cane were developed after WWI blinded a large number of young men and it was realised that you can't just give a newly-blinded adult a white stick and expect them to know how to use it safely. These techniques, for teaching O&M, have been developed and refined and most UK instructors have waited until children who have visual impairments are old enough to be formally trained like adults in them before giving the VI child a cane.

Joe Cutter, with this book, says that canes should be given to children with visual impairments at the earliest possible age. He advocates a bottom-up learning style where, instead of being trained in using a cane, a young child can for his or herself what it can do to maximise early independence and learning opportunities with the refinements of technique being saved for later. Cutter advocates the concept of 'age, or stage, appropriateness' i.e. that a child with a VI should be as independent as his or her peers of the same age or developmental stage. He promotes the cane to it's rightful place as a very positive symbol of independence and freedom.

The writing style is not always very smooth, but the book has a heart of gold - it actually sets out an approach to O&M that works for children and is in keeping with our knowledge of child development, unlike more conventional approaches. The emphasis on the importance of passive and active echo location techniques for blind children is great, although it doesn't take the method as far forward as Dan Kish and World Access for the Blind.

The 'permission' to give a young child a cane that this book gives parents, so they can watch their child's independence and confidence flourich, is brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear & informative 27 Jun 2014
By N.M
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This is an informative, clear and an easy book to understand for any professional working with pupils who have visual impairments. It is very succinct and clear to follow of how to encourage and promote independence through the use of the long cane. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful Book 8 July 2007
By Bob Norton - Published on Amazon.com
As a parent of a blind 7 year-old, I will use this book to help me to encourage my daughter to become an independent and confident traveler. I can help her learn the skills of blindness. This book would also be extremely helpful for a parent with a baby or toddler who is blind including those with multiple disabilities. Mr. Cutter suggests a partnership between parents and O&M teachers. This book would be invaluable in a O&M teacher preparation program and for current teachers. An in-depth discussion of cane use, selection, and teaching is discussed including the use of a "teaching cane." I was encouraged by the positive attitude of this book toward blindness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book for parents and anyone interested in O&M 2 Mar 2011
By j9 - Published on Amazon.com
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this book has images of children with multiple disabilities with practical examples. A good resource book to have in your library and well worth investing in. Easy to read.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great tool - very professional 4 Jan 2010
By J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is full of good ideas and was a great instrument for working with blind children. I've always work with adults since I graduated as an O&M specilaist and I am now working with childrens. This was a good refresher and add on to working with childrens. This book is also very professional and I will recommend this book to parents and teachers working with blind children. My workplace and clientele is 100% French so I would have love to have this book in French... if you ever have it, let me know. Merci!
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be handed out at the hospital. 15 Oct 2009
By Kristen - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fantastic Orientation and Mobility book. My only wish is that I had gotten it sooner.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well written 15 Sep 2007
By Timothy W. Poore - Published on Amazon.com
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It was very friendly written to make it easy to read. I was disappointed in that the book favored one organization over another.
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