A few weeks ago Kai was accepted into the Infant Toddler program at The Perkins School for the Blind. As we all know Perkins does amazing things and we are so thankful they had a spot for us. Yesterday was our first day at class! Of course it was wonderful. There were 6 families there this week but usually it is a group of around 8. The class is two hours once a week and while Kai learns and plays downstairs I am able to attend a parent meeting upstairs, facilitated by a social worker. There is often a guest speaker or specfiic topic durring the parent meeting, or it is an open discussion. It was nice that this week was an open discussion so i was able to learn about the other kids and the other moms could ask questions about Kai. Meanwhile, Kai was working in the classrrom. Durring class there are three Teachers of the Visually Imapired (TVI) and one on one volunteers for each kid. They do circle time and music and work on building skills. I think he enjoyed it, he was asleep in his car seat before we left the parking lot!
We focus on three major objectives:
- Involve babies, infants and toddlers and their families in an empowering and coordinated program of home teaching and on-campus learning
- Prepare babies to enter the Perkins Early Learning Center or a community preschool at age three
- Provide consultation and training to other professionals and to early intervention and daycare centers working with babies with visual impairments or deafblindne