Early years development and habilitation
If your child has a vision impairment, they’ll need to learn about and explore the world in a slightly different way. We’re here to support you and your child develop the practical skills and confidence to do just that.
Our specialist Habilitation Service can help your child develop a wide range of skills, with the focus on key early years development areas such as early movement, self-help practical skills (including feeding and dressing), and social and communication skills.
Guide Dogs My Time to Play
Guide Dogs My Time to Play is for children aged 0-4 with a vision impairment and their parents, carers and siblings. It’s a free service delivered by Qualified Habilitation Specialists that helps children with a vision impairment develop a broad range of skills through play.
If your child has a vision impairment, they may need to learn about and explore the world in a slightly different way. Habilitation is a specialist support that recognises those differences. Working with you we can help your child develop confidence and practical skills towards independence from an early age.
What do the sessions involve?
My Time to Play is a programme of fun and supportive small group sessions, led by our Habilitation Specialists. Each session typically includes activities of music and movement, sensory play, crafts and stories. All designed to support your child’s development.
Where do sessions take place and how long do they last?
There are two ways for you and your child to attend the My Time to Play sessions, either in-person or virtually.
Our two-hour in-person sessions are held in community venues across the UK. You’ll get to meet other families with similar experiences and support your child in developing confidence and social skills while playing with other children.
Our virtual group sessions give you the flexibility to attend My Time to Play from your own home. This may appeal to you if you don’t live near to one of our community sessions. The virtual sessions run on a weekly basis for 7 weeks, with each session lasting up to 1 hour.
How do I join?
To find out more about My Time to Play in your local area, complete our online enquiry form and someone from our team will contact you. Alternatively, you can call our Guide Line on 0800 781 1444 and a member of the team will take your details.
We also welcome referrals from professionals. Simply complete our online enquiry form or contact Guide Line on 0800 781 1444. Please ensure you have the parents consent beforehand.
Other support and resources
In addition to My Time to Play, we also have Learning Through Play resources, that will give ideas on how you can support your child’s development , as well as a song book full of popular children’s rhymes and songs with guided actions and movements.