Part 7 of Learning with Blindness, a free parent webinar series that explores the Expanded Core Curriculum
Every parent wants their child to be confident, but for parents of kids with visual impairment, developing confidence at a young age is even more important.
Children who are self-determined are more comfortable expressing their opinions, advocating for their needs and identifying their personal strengths. These skills will help them as they advance into young-adulthood and face assumptions from others about what they are capable of. By presenting your child with opportunities to make decisions and encouraging personal responsibility, you can help your son or daughter develop the confidence and self-determination they need for future success.
In this hour-long webinar with Marie Russo-Amaral, you will learn:
- How fostering confidence and self-determination in your child can improve her advocacy skills and prepare her for transition
- Tips for empowering your child to make choices and express opinions
- How to create opportunities for your child to succeed at home by assigning manageable chores and encouraging personal responsibility
Marie Russo-Amaral, Lead Teacher, Community Programs
Marie is a Lead Teacher of the Visually Impaired at Perkins School for the Blind where she works with public school students who have visual impairment. Marie has more than 16 years of experience teaching students of all ages who are blind or visually impaired. She also designed curriculum and taught a course on teaching students who are visually impaired for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Summer Institute. Marie is the mother of two grown children with Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, which inspired her to begin working in the field of blindness education.