Article Source: Guide Dogs
First Published: 24 August 2021 13:14
Updated: 8 March 2022 11:10
‘My Time to Play’ helps children with a vision impairment from birth to four years learn important developmental skills in a fun and supportive group setting, and is free to the family.
Roughly 80 percent of learning is visual which means children with sight loss need to learn about and explore the world in a slightly different way. The ‘My Time to Play’ service is designed to help children do exactly this whilst achieving key development goals.
There will be seven sessions led by Guide Dogs Habilitation Specialists, who are experts on children with sight loss. This free service also benefits parents, enabling them to meet other parents in a similar situation so experiences, skills and knowledge can be shared. Siblings are welcome to attend to join in the fun.
Lisa Petrie, Head of Children, Young People and Families at Guide Dogs said: “Discovering a child has a vision impairment can be a worrying and confusing time for families. Every year we help hundreds of families build their skills, knowledge, and confidence, and provide tailored support that is right for each family’s specific needs. Small adaptations and innovations can really support families to help their children to live the life they choose.”
In person sessions are due to start this Spring in Edinburgh and Hamilton. To register to take part call 0800 781 1444 or email email@example.com. Interested families unable to travel to these events can opt to join the online equivalent sessions.
Guide Dogs Scotland offers a range of services for children with sight loss, including buddy dogs - a well behaved canine companion, custom made books and technology support.
Find more information on our website at www.guidedogs.org.uk
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