In this blog you’ll find guidelines for adapting the playground environment for your blind and partially sighted pupils.
The outside playground environment can be very difficult for pupils with vision impairment to navigate especially if there are large open spaces. Restrict play to smaller areas until they are familiar and also show them where play equipment is located as they will not see it from a distance. Playground area markers/colours are useful. You can teach the pupil to navigate to a certain point in the playground and encourage his sighted classmates to be aware of this. Setting up peer play opportunities in this area will encourage sighted children to stay and play.
Make sure children know what is available for them to play with. Children with VI often stick to one area/toy in a play environment because they cannot see what is available in other parts of the room, or the toys do not have good tactile interest. They also tend to stick to the activity which is safe and familiar, where they understand the ‘rules’ and know they won’t make mistakes. A lot of thought needs to go into scaffolding a play environment which is stimulating but also peer appropriate so that others will engage in play.
Learn more by watching the Let Me Play video.