Getting To Know You: A Social Skills and Ability Awareness Curriculum
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Getting To Know You is a social skills/awareness curriculum for grades K-12 in which blind and visually impaired students and sighted students interact and get to know each other.
Social skills instruction provides students with tools to interact and play effectively, develop and maintain friendships, interpret non-verbal cues, and successfully seek and maintain employment and independent living opportunities as adults. For blind and visually impaired students, the acquisition of social skills is a process that requires ongoing instruction and feedback from teachers, specialists, family members, and peers.
The Getting to Know You kit is designed for VI teachers, orientation & mobility specialists, other related service personnel, general education teachers, and families. Authors Nita Crow and Stephanie Herlich have created a curriculum that engages students who are blind and visually impaired with their sighted age-mates in activities that promote social competence and awareness of the ways in which students who are blind or visually impaired learn social skills.
Lessons can be initiated at lunch or during classroom free time. Each lesson takes 30-45 minutes to complete so that interference with academic activities is limited. Each lesson contains a clearly stated objective, skills addressed, an introduction, a list of materials needed, and a step-by-step explanation of the activities. An icon at the top of each page identifies whether a lesson is about social skills, ability awareness, or a combination of the two.
Kit Includes six blindfolds, three low vision simulators: Tunnel Vision, 20/200, and 20/400, Through Grandpa's Eyes storybook by Patricia MacLachlan (print/braille), facial expression cards, Go Fish cards, and more.