Early years orientation and mobility service
Orientation and mobility Training provides services to blind, deafblind and vision-impaired children about purposeful movement and provides an understanding of the environment in an age and developmentally appropriate manner.
Children can learn a variety of skills and techniques that will assist them to find their way around independently and safety. Programmes are developed to help improve gait, posture, and general freedom of movement with both large and fine motor skills.
Referrals for Orientation and Mobility services will be referred onto BLENNZ (Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand) with BLENNZ’s Orientation and Mobility teams assessing and undertaking this work.
Our practice is guided by:
- Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education New Zealand school values
- A strong commitment to Deaf bi-lingual and bi-cultural practice
- Valuing Deaf cultural norms
- Provide students with an environment where they can Belong, Grow, Choose, Excel
- Access to resources and services students need to be happy and engaged learners
- To have opportunities to be their best and become confident leaders of their own lives
Ko Taku Reo School Values
How to access the service
If anyone from a child’s existing team has noticed that they need help to support the child’s independence and safety to do with their vision, then the child can be referred to the Orientation and Mobility Service. This can be done by filling in the integrated services referral form.
Referrals can only be accepted if whānau has given consent for the referral.
You will receive an email receipt of your referral and a team member may contact you to gather more information, if needed. The referral will be accepted or declined, and this will be communicated to the referrer and their team.
A team member will contact the learner’s team, including whanau, the learner, teachers and other professionals.
By connecting with whanau, the team member will gain consent and begin the assessment processes.
Assessment will be carried out using formal (e.g. tests) and/or informal (e.g. observation) methods. Whānau and team members are central to this process.
Assessment findings will be used to determine the level of support for the child and their team. The Orientation and Mobility service will then work with the child’s team, including teaching staff, their whānau and the learner, to co-construct a Support Plan. The Support Plan will have clear learning goals and an agreed time frame. The time frame will include review points for the support being given.
At review meetings, the team will decide on criteria that will show that the child’s Support Plan is complete.
When the criteria have been met, or the team has agreed that the Support Plan is complete for a different reason, then the team will organise a Next Steps meeting.
At the Next Steps meeting, progress will be reviewed, and final recommendations will be discussed before the child’s Support Plan is closed.
The child may be re-referred to the Ko Taku Reo orientation and Mobility service in the future, if anyone from the child’s team (existing or new) identifies further need.