Children spend quite a large amount of time playing while they grow up. In order to make this safe and easier to monitor playrooms were invented.
Playrooms are not only beneficial to the kid but also to the adult. Firstly, toys won't be scattered around the house making it hard for your child to locate his or her toys and there will be less injuries to the adult from stepping on Lego blocks.
A playroom is your child's personal space, a place where they can daydream, explore their imagination and bask in the simplicity of being a kid, with lots of toys of course. For blind and/or deaf children, most of the same rules apply.
Children with disabilities are not their disability. They have the capacity to do so much more if they are equipped and taught properly.
Deafblind cases are different for each child. Often more than not, the deafblind child doesn't have complete blindness or complete loss of hearing. It is important to know that there are several ways a child becomes blind and or deaf. One of such ways is meningitis. Another cause is the Usher syndrome, this syndrome causes hearing loss and a progressive vision loss. It is often inherited. Deafblindness can be caused by CHARGE syndrome, premature births, prenatal or postnatal complications as well as some other causes. When creating or remodeling the space for a child who is deafblind it is important to know the following tips.
1. Keep your child involved - Your child would definitely appreciate it more if you included them in the decision making process. After all it is meant to be their playroom so it is only right that you get their input on what they'd like.
2. Focus on particular aspects - There is probably a particular thing that your child loves to do, maybe it's playing with paint, of course you have to be around to ensure safety. If your child loves painting it'll be preferable to have a playroom with lots of blank spaces on the walls or sketch pads. A means of self expression for your child.
3. Switch it up - Don't have the room looking drab and boring. Let there be a mixture of colors in the furniture and decor. Not all deafblind kids have complete vision loss. Some can still see faintly. You have to use this to your advantage. Paint the walls a mix of your kid's favorite colors.
4. Have different types of toys - Unfortunately the market for toys that cater to deafblind children are rather slim and quite a lot of these toys have to be made my one's self. It is important to focus on sensory toys. Toys that focus on touch. The toys that utilize the other senses. One option is puzzle games, these games should not be complicated or too hard. They should keep your child engaged not frustrated. A previously conceived idea from Perkins School for the Blind is making holes in a shoe box and then trying to stick straws into it. Another idea from the same people is a lid game. In this game you gather three to four containers and take off the lids. your child then has to figure out which lid fits which container. You could also attach different materials to separate strings e.g a piece of nylon, cotton, silk etc. and then have your child match similar materials to one another. These can easily be made at home without spending any money.
5. Have comfortable furniture - If the furniture in the playroom isn't comfortable it'll be unpleasant for your child. You should get comfortable furniture. For example, bean bags.
6. Storage - Storage is extremely important. You would want to invest in open cabinets that your child would easily navigate so that cleaning up will be easy after a fun session. This will keep the playroom clean and safe.
7. Try to change the toys - After a while, your child will get bored so it's important to have new games on hand. You could just increase the level of the previous games, making the puzzles a bit bigger or decrease the holes in the shoebox. Because your child is growing and learning everyday there should be changes in the content. If your toys are purchased you could donate it to another child who needs it.
8. Install a camera - This is an extremely important part of your playroom. There must be a camera that you can easily watch it's footage. You should be able to stream it on your phone as well as computers if you're in the house. It always pays off to have a certain computer that constantly shows the footage of what's happening in case you're not in the playroom at that moment.
9. Purchase some stuffed animals - Some stuffed animals can speak and as they speak they release a vibration in their body which comes from the chest, this is usually where the voice box is. This stuffed animal should not be a large one in order to avoid suffocation or any other incidents. Stuffed animals appeal to the sense of touch.
10. Homework corner - Finally there should be a homework corner. Generally, it's easier for people to work when they are free from distractions or in a “work” area. It is advisable to cut out a little part of the room. It would contain a chair and a table. This will help your child get in the mood for work. Most deafblind children adopt set routines. If your child recognizes a particular area as the play area they won't want to do any work in the play area. If your child is home schooled then this is very important.
Setting up a playroom for kids with disabilities is different in each case especially for deafblind children because the cases are different. Your child is an individual so these tips have been generalized. For children with other disabilities, the key is optimize the playroom with different games and toys that will be safe and enjoyable for you and your child.
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