Movement and visual impairment

Research and practice

Authored by: Justin A. Haegele , Lauren J. Lieberman

The Routledge Handbook of Visual Impairment

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138085411
eBook ISBN: 9781315111353
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Having a visual impairment itself does not inherently affect the ability of children to be active. However, research has demonstrated that children with visual impairments tend not to meet recommended physical activity thresholds, and tend to be less physically active than their sighted peers. This chapter provides a detailed overview of research examining physical activity and movement among youth with visual impairments, and provides explanations of best practices utilised in school-based physical activity environments to enhance movement. Physical education, in particular, is the focus of this chapter because it has been established as the most likely environment for youth with visual impairments to participate in and learn about physical activity. By carefully planning and utilising best practices to guide instruction, children with visual impairments can engage in positive and meaningful physical activity experiences.

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