Once a child is introduced as a client to BCVI, the staff members begin to encourage him or her through activites & playing which will help build confidence and an awareness of the world around them.
Children as young as 4 or 5 years old are introduced to braille & other skills that will prepare them to be enrolled in a regular primary school along with other children in the same age group. Families are shown how they can work with their child to improve mobility, co-ordination & communication skills.
One such client is two-year-old Briana who is blind from retinopathy of prematurity. However, with the help of our staff, she is growing up and developing within her family like any toddler. She is the second of three children and her siblings are a large part of her life.
Briana, as well as our other clients, are trained in their homes among familiar people & objects. The goal of this method of training is to familiarize the child with his or her daily & constant surroundings. The goal for Briana at this time in her young life is to help the family prepare for her integration into preschool with her sighted peers