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Toddler receiving cane instruction from COMS John Kelly.

Orientation & Mobility Instruction


     Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists (COMS) provide sequential instruction to individuals with visual impairment across the life spectrum to determine their position within the environment and in techniques for safe movement from one place to another.


     Some skills involved in this instruction include but are not limited to:


     Concept Development, which includes body image, spatial, temporal, positional, directional and environmental concepts.  Motor Development, including motor skills needed for balance, posture, and gait, as well as the use of adaptive devices and techniques to assist those with multiple disabilities and Sensory Development, which includes visual, auditory, vestibular, kinesthetic, tactile, olfactory, and proprioceptive senses, and the interrelationships of these systems.

     For more detailed information in a downloadable pdf file on Orientation & Mobility (O&M) click or tap the following link:  

Logo link to the O&M Roles Document.
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