Since I started maternity leave for Isaac I’ve been able to return to Bounce meetings again (run by Useful Vision, a North East England charity for parents of visually impaired and blind children) which are now twice a month.
It’s good to see the group has expanded from approx 2-3 children, to 12-15 plus parents. The first hour is spent chatting whilst the children play, and the second is a session with Picollo Music (a local version of Jo Jingles) where we sing nursery rhymes and play with instruments. I’ve also been taking Jack to a Useful Vision weekly swim at a hydrotherapy pool. There is sensory lighting in and around the the pool which is controlled by a floating button. The children love pushing it to change the colours.
The lady who organises the Bounce group regularly invites people from vision related organisations and charities to share information with us. At the third meeting this happened to be someone I went to secondary school with who I’d not seen for several years – it was great to catch up! At the last meeting there was an an Educational Specialist in Children’s Vision from Sunderland who works in the same team as the man who came to visit Jack before he started nursery (see our 4th October 2011 post). A couple of days after the session she called to ask whether she could meet to do a further assessment of Jack in a couple of weeks time which I’ve gladly accepted.