Motor Development and Physical Activities for Families of Children with Visual Impairments and Blindness

By Luis Columna, Pamela Haibach, Lauren Lieberman, Margarita Fernández-Vivó, and Ibrahim Cordero-Morales

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Columna, L., Haibach, P., Lieberman, L., Fernández-Vivó, M., & Cordero-Morales, I. (2016). Motor Development and Physical Activities for Families of Children with Visual Impairments and Blindness. Journal of Blindness Innovation and Research, 6(1). Retrieved from https://nfb.org/images/nfb/publications/jbir/jbir16/jbir060102.html. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/6-89

Abstract


Children with visual impairments have limited opportunities in the community to participate in physical activity and sports. In addition, many parents have limited or no knowledge about how to teach physical activity and sports to their children with visual impairments. The Syracuse University Fit Families Program addresses both sides of the spectrum, engaging parents/guardians and their children with visual impairments in the workshops/activities. The purpose of this article is to describe two workshops provided to parents of children with visual impairments regarding the importance of motor skill development and physical activity. This article will provide ideas for effective modifications and program design when developing a similar program for children with visual impairments and their families.

Keywords


Parents, families, physical activity, sports, motor skills, community based activities, visual impairments


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5241/6-89

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