Program description: Meaningful Movement for Children who are Deafblind is a 2-part series that
considers movement in Active Learning and patterns and rhythm in preparation for Orientation &
Guest speaker: Dr. Lyn Ayer has extensive expertise in working with children with visual impairments,
deafblindness, and/or multiple disabilities throughout her professional career of more than 48 years.
Dr. Ayer has been the director of two state deafblind projects, principal of a school for the blind, a
rehabilitation worker at an Eye Hospital, and a teacher. She is currently an education consultant with
the Ohio Center for Deafblind Education.
Session 2: Meaningful Movement for Children who are Deafblind
November 15, 2022, 3:30 – 4:30 pm (ET)
Rhythm is so much a part of our lives that we often forget this, and it becomes the background for all
we do. For children who have issues with both their distance senses, it is important to pay attention to
the role of rhythm in their lives, and how to use it to maximize attention and movement. The need for
Orientation and Mobility skills doesn’t start with the white cane, or only when a child begins school. It
needs to start much earlier so that the patterns and rhythms they learn will become entrenched in how
they move when and if they get to use a white cane, a power wheelchair, or another device that