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What is a Story Box or Bag?

A story box is a way for young children with visual impairments to experience a story. When selecting a story for your child, choose one that is simple and tells about familiar objects and concepts. Collect corresponding items in a box or bag. As you read the story to your child, allow him/her to hold the item. The number of items and complexity of the story should be suited to your child. Often, simple is better. The real purpose is to enjoy the reading experience, while learning concepts and vocabulary!

There are many kinds of books for young children with visual impairment. If your child has little or no functional vision, you may want to try a variety of approaches.

  • Make up stories. Keep it simple and use real objects that are familiar to your child.
  • Try homemade books. Use cardboard and glue, tie or Velcro objects to the book. Scented items are always fun. Most children like stories about their own familiar routine, e.g. going to the store, taking a bath, eating a meal, etc.
  • For young children, choose predictable books with repetitive phrases.
  • Even young children enjoy poetry and rhymes.
  • Young children with short attention spans need short books.
  • Tactile Books ("Pat the Cat, The Touch Me Book, etc.) are both durable and portable.
  • Scratch and sniff books add an interesting dimension.
  • Books with auditory components can be made accessible by adding a little texture here and there (try a little Velcro where you need to press to activate).

Story Boxes are enjoyable to experience at all ages and can be adapted to the child's level. They provide a fine opportunity for concept development.

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