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Orientation and Mobility

Orientation and Mobility (O&M) is a key facet of the expanded core curriculum for learners with vision impairment at Kilparrin. O&M focuses upon the development of independent movement skills and is part of the learner's program every day as they move around the school campus or the classroom.

O&M is linked to almost every activity throughout the day as the learner moves, be that at school, home, the playground or in their backyard. O&M is influenced by every person who interacts with the learner during the course of his or her day, their language, their expectations and encouragement all impact on the learner's development of concepts and willingness to move and explore.

O&M in an external setting

A specialist Orientation and Mobility teacher is on staff at Kilparrin and provides individual lessons for some students. The focus of Orientation and Mobility is to maximise independence and to facilitate and maintain safe and purposeful movement. The core of all movement is an understanding of space and this begins with the individual’s understanding of their own body image. Instruction may involve the use of an aid, such as a Long Cane, and some elements of instruction may necessitate being off campus to practise road crossings and the use of public transport or shopping. Numerous links between O&M and other parts of the curriculum are made with O&M linking easily to physical education, science, maths and society and the environment.

For learners in their last year of schooling a referral is made to the Guide Dogs Association. Instructors from the Guide Dogs Association work with the Kilparrin O&M teacher to design an individualised program. The referral to the Guide Dogs Association links final year learners with an agency that can provide O&M support post school.