(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

                                                                                 have fun!       

                  The responses that this equipment can bring about may be the first ever seen.  Parents and
                 care-givers need to see their child’s reactions either by being present or watching a video
                 of the assessment.  This will help in understanding the child’s clarity of vision & visual fields
                 and ensure experiences at both home and school are made as meaningful as possible.