Winter Wonderland at Anchor Center
Anchor Center children learn to explore and navigate outdoors, in every season. Winter is no exception! Orientation and Mobility (O&M) in the snow, on the ice, and on different terrains help them learn how to safely and effectively travel through their environment.
O&M is an integral part of Anchor Center’s curriculum and you will see the children, inside and outside, beginning to understand where they are in space and time, and learning to navigate – all year long.
Anchor Center for Blind Children’s highly-qualified staff includes Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS). The Academy for Certification of Vision Rehabilitation and Education Professionals (ACVREP) explains a COMS’ job as providing “sequential instruction to individuals with visual impairment in the use of their remaining senses to determine their position within the environment and in techniques for safe movement from one place to another.”
This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Concept development (body image, spatial, temporal, positional, directional, and environmental)
- Sensory and motor development
- Use of residual vision and low vision devices
- Human (sighted) guide techniques
- Cane techniques
- Route planning
- Problem-solving skills
- Techniques for crossing streets
- The use of public transportation
In other winter news....
Anchor Center's annual holiday party was a huge hit with children, families and staff alike.