Independent living skills are foundational to students’ development into successful, capable adults. These skills are often referred to as “daily living skills” and include areas such as eating, dressing and hygiene. Because students who are blind or visually impaired miss out on incidental learning that comes naturally to their sighted peers, they must acquire these skills through direct, sequential instruction. Parents and caregivers can teach these skills at home and discover which adaptations and techniques may be best suited to their child’s needs.
In this hour-long webinar with Alexandra LaVoie you will learn:
An overview of skills you can teach your child, no matter his or her age
How to identify and prioritize the independent living skills your child needs now
Strategies to teach these skills
How to create an ideal learning environment for your child at home and in your community
An understanding of commonly used adaptive equipment to help your child perform daily living skills
Alexandra LaVoie, Occupational Therapist
As an Occupational Therapist at Perkins School for the Blind, Alex works with students who have visual impairments and multiple disabilities to develop critical life skills needed to increase their independence and lead successful, meaningful lives. She also ensures independent living skills are incorporated into each student’s educational plan, and provides ongoing consultation and training in each skill area as Perkins’ Independent Living Skills Coordinator. Alex is co-facilitator of Building a Better Day, that teaches parents to create enriching activities for their child post high-school.