Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Book Reviews 

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youths

Beverley J Katz, OD, MS

Abstract

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youths edited by Rose-Marie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Heubner. American Foundation for the Blind, New York. 1987.

This compendium of approaches to aiding the development of living skills of the visually impaired is drawn from authors of various disciplines. The book contains a wealth of practical information about the challenges facing such individuals and ways to help them meet these challenges. It is obvious that much thought has been given to the analysis and management of problems faced by visually impaired young people. The consistently lucid style allows the reader to assimilate and immediately apply the suggested approaches, which are designed to provide effective learning experiences for the visually impaired.

Although the text mentions low vision aids and the use of telescopes in mobility training, there is little information specific to optical devices and types of vision loss (eg, central versus peripheral). However, the eye care professional will gain insight into the skills their low vision patients must master. Among the topics addressed are daily living skills (such as personal grooming, posture, and socially acceptable behavior), orientation and mobility, and leisure and recreational activities. The book also contains a comprehensive reference guide which directs the reader to more specific tedxts.

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive is recommended for anyone who interacts with the blind and visually impaired, particularly those involved in the education and care of blind and visually impaired children.…

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive: A Guide to Independent Life Skills for Blind and Visually Impaired Children and Youths edited by Rose-Marie Swallow and Kathleen Mary Heubner. American Foundation for the Blind, New York. 1987.

This compendium of approaches to aiding the development of living skills of the visually impaired is drawn from authors of various disciplines. The book contains a wealth of practical information about the challenges facing such individuals and ways to help them meet these challenges. It is obvious that much thought has been given to the analysis and management of problems faced by visually impaired young people. The consistently lucid style allows the reader to assimilate and immediately apply the suggested approaches, which are designed to provide effective learning experiences for the visually impaired.

Although the text mentions low vision aids and the use of telescopes in mobility training, there is little information specific to optical devices and types of vision loss (eg, central versus peripheral). However, the eye care professional will gain insight into the skills their low vision patients must master. Among the topics addressed are daily living skills (such as personal grooming, posture, and socially acceptable behavior), orientation and mobility, and leisure and recreational activities. The book also contains a comprehensive reference guide which directs the reader to more specific tedxts.

How to Thrive, Not Just Survive is recommended for anyone who interacts with the blind and visually impaired, particularly those involved in the education and care of blind and visually impaired children.

10.3928/0191-3913-19880101-14

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