Teaching Organization & Study Skills to Students with Visual Impairments

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

If you teach students with visual impairments, one of your goals is to help them learn to manage their own education. This lesson discusses the importance of teaching organization and study skills to these learners.

Working with Students with Visual Impairments

Stacy has been working with students with visual impairments for seven years. Visual impairments are disabilities that affect sight and the capacity to process visual information. She has learned a lot over the years about how her students learn and how vision can impact their functioning in the world. Stacy knows how hard her students work each day, and she wants to equip them with the skills they need to succeed educationally.

One thing Stacy has been thinking about lately is the importance of organization and study skills, or the different ways her students manage time and materials and approach their own learning. She knows that students with visual impairments are often very cognitively strong, but they can struggle organizationally.

Stacy starts thinking more about how exactly visual impairments impact organization and study, as well as what she can do to help her students in these areas.

Impact on Organization and Study Skills

When Stacy really thinks about it, she knows that she deeply relies on vision to keep herself organized and to learn new information. This helps her consider the different ways a visual impairment might impact a student.

Organization

Students with visual impairments might have trouble organizing materials because they do not necessarily see that they are not organized. They will not usually use graphic organizers for managing time, or color-coded systems for sorting information.

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