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Motor development of blind toddler

Petra Likar (2013) Motor development of blind toddler. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    For blind toddlers, development of motor skills enables possibilities for learning and exploring the environment. The purpose of this graduation thesis is to systematically mark the milestones in development of motor skills in blind toddlers, to establish different factors which affect this development, and to discover different ways for teachers for visually impaired and parents to encourage development of motor skills. It is typical of blind toddlers that they do not experience a wide variety of physical positions, they do not like prone-on-elbow position as it disables the use of their hands and arms, they often skip crawling before they learn how to walk, and they frequently use self-stimulatory behavior. The key factor for development of motor skills in blind toddlers is the development of reaching for sound. Development of motor skills is strongly affected by several other factors, such as lack of visual stimulation, lack of physical activity, overprotection and cognitive learning of skills which takes its time. Parents and teachers for visually impaired, who encourage development of motor skills in blind toddlers, must acknowledge the maturity level of the child, provide sufficient time and exercise, and feedback. Early treatment enables systematic training for the child's senses by using the methods of sensory integration, thus providing parents of blind toddlers with vital information about the child's blindness and connecting them with various institutions and individuals who can contribute to their toddler's development.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: motor development, toddler, blindness, early intervention, promoting motor development
    Number of Pages: 29
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Tjaša FilipčičMentor
    asist. dr. Ingrid Žolgar JerkovičComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9755977)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 1713
    Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2013 14:14
    Last Modified: 12 Nov 2015 14:22
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/1713

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