In this study Louise looks at how reduced vision can affect a child’s social skills, language, and communication. If you think of all the early interactions which parents and young babies can have, for example smiling or reaching out – these can be interrupted by reduced vision.
Rather than looking at a deficit model of research, ie what a child cannot do, this project looks at how alternative methods of communication can be encouraged and developed for children with a visual impairment. TACPAC proved to be an encouraging resource to use with a range of special educational needs.
Louise looked at 5 children and their parents. The aim was to see how the children and parents were responding to TACPAC.
Louise modelled the TACPAC App to the parents. Once parents felt confident to run a session with their children, Louise was able to observe and take notes. She also used the Developmental Journal for babies and children with Visual Impairment. Louise used the objects for set 1 and I made the objects very visually stimulating.