DVD to support parents with blind and partially sighted children

A DVD has been launched to show how parents can interact effectively with their blind or partially sighted child.

Entitled Let Me Play, the DVD aims to support parents of children aged five and under. It has been produced by RNIB Scotland, the Scottish Sensory Centre and the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh.

Dominic Everett, Education and Family Services Manager, RNIB Scotland who has sight loss himself, said: “The most common question I hear from parents of very young children with sight loss is ‘How do I play with him or her?'

“Parents require support and advice on how to engage more effectively with babies and infants, to stimulate and nurture them through positive play techniques. Our new DVD demonstrates scenarios which encourage better posture, movement and exploration of space, often significant challenges to very young blind and partially sighted children."

The DVD was launched at a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment. It will be promoted among specialist teachers across Scotland, who will be encouraged to use it as a training tool to strengthen the quality of engagement between home and school.

It will also be available to all families of children aged five and under living with sight loss in Scotland. It will also soon be available on RNIB's YouTube channel.