(Accepted for World Congress on Special Needs Education - 2016)
‘Puppet faces are such strong attractors that babies and young
children with very poor vision can become motivated and active for the
first time when they see them.’
‘I have found Puppet Face useful for both eliciting vision, and
demonstrating to parents/carers, what children with visual impairment
are able / not able to see, and to elicit their visual fields’ (Professor Gordon N. Dutton)
These hand-held puppets can be twirled between finger and thumb. They are not
toys and are to be used by adults only. The back of the puppet is not easily seen
against a dark background but it ‘pops’ into view when twirled round. Another half
twirl and it disappears again!
It can be used in a variety of situations where the visual awareness of an Early
Years child needs to be assessed, or the available field of vision needs to be tested.
Questions such as, “...how far can he see…how big must it be… which side is
best…?” can be addressed.
In some settings the puppets can be used as distracters or to gain attention.
White or plain coloured backgrounds can be used though the ‘twirl’ may not
be as effective. For best effect wear a plain dark, or preferably black, top.
Assessing visual awareness and field of vision with Puppet Faces One to Six will give a
baseline for further vision development programmes whilst both adults and children
The responses that this equipment can bring
about may be the first ever seen. Parents and