Social & Independent Living Skills

Teacher and boy with VI in a wheelchair have fun with a hosepipe as they water plantsBesides the many soft skills that Outdoor Learning allows young people to develop there are many practical skills, and qualifications that can be achieved. This resource details an outdoor learning programme used at the Royal Blind School.
Boy with VI spoons flower into a bowl

For a child and young person with a visual impairment it is really important they develop the skills required to meet the demands of everyday life.

Toast in a toaster

Presented by Royal Blind School | 5 minutes

For a child and young person with a visual impairment it is really important they develop the skills required to meet the demands of everyday life. In this How To video a Home Economics teacher from The Royal Blind School demonstrates how to make a toasted cheese sandwich with one of their pupils. From watching this video you will learn what equipment and techniques are used to teach pupils this independent living skill.

Teacher and boy with VI sit on sofa to chat

Presented by Mary Siggs | 3 minutes

A visual impairment may affect communication skills in a number of ways. This video will provide you with some tips for when you are in a social situation with a young person who is blind or partially sighted.

Therapist massages a pupil's head

Presented by Aine Murphy | 5 minutes

Mindfulness can have a big impact on the lives of pupils with Vision Impairment and Complex Needs. Not just in class time, but outside class in their home life. It can teach young people strategies to become more aware of how their breathing can be used to calm down in moments of stress.