Articles by Dr. Lilli Nielsen

Active Learning and the Blind, Multiply Disabled Child
Future Reflections, 2004
Active Learning Interactions, LilliWorks Active Learning Newsletter, 2011.
Cortical Visual Impairment: Causes and Manifestations, Scottish Sensory Centre.  (This article was originally published in "Refsnaes-Nyt", No 38, September 1993).
Cortical Vision Impairment: Using the Sense of Sight as a Secondary Sensory Modality,  Scottish Sensory Centre.(This article first appeared in Danish in Refsnaes-Nyt, no 41, 1994.)

More on Cortical Visual Impairment, Scottish Sensory Centre.  (This article was originally published in "Refsnaes-Nyt", No 39, 1994.)


Active Learning and Educational Approaches 

The Active Learning Approach: Using the Resonance Board and the Little Room with Young Blind and Multiply Disabled Children
By Gigi Newton, Future Reflections, 2012.
Active Learning and the Exploration of Real Objects
By Stacy Shafer and Ann Adkins, See/Hear Newsletter, TSBVI
This article describes some of the techniques of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning Theory.
Millie Smith describes the active learning technique of dens.
Developing my Classroom for Secondary-Aged Students Who Aren’t Actively Engaging with People or Objects
By Suzanne Becker
A TVI and classroom teacher describes how she serves her secondary-level students who are visually and multiply impaired using Lilli Nielson’s Active Learning approach along with other strategies.
An Introduction to Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning
This article by Stacy Shafer discusses some of the basic strategies of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning Theory.
Five Phases of Educational Treatment Used in Active Learning
By Kate Moss Hurst
This article focuses on five phases of educational approaches that teachers are to use in working with children if they are using an Active Learning theory approach. It summarizes the information first published as part of Dr. Nielsen's book, Are You Blind?.
Incorporating Active Learning Theory into Activity Routines
This article focuses on Phase IV and V of Lilli Nielsen's five educational phases of educational treatment outlined in her book, Are You Blind?, and how the Active Learning principles can be incorporated into activity routines.
Job One for Educators: Becoming a Good Playmate
If children learn through play, then we must become better playmates in order to facilitate better learning for the child.
Lilli Nielsen and Active Learning Materials Bibliography
NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness)

The Lilli Nielsen FIELA Curriculum in Action: The Skylands School Experience

LilliWorks & Active Learning Introduction (Video)
Resonance Boards
This article by David Brown of California Deaf-Blind Services discusses how to make and use a Resonance Board.
Some Thoughts On What Makes "Little Rooms" Good Learning Environments

Tactual Skills for Students with Visual Impairments

Taking a Look at the FIELA Curriculum: 730 Learning Environments by Dr. Lilli Nielsen
This article is based on a book by Dr. Lilli Nielsen titled The FIELA Curriculum: 730 Learning Environments and lists the developmental behaviors in three-month increments as described in this book.
Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands

Full Article

Miles, B. (2003, October). Talking the language of the hands to the hands. DB-Link: The National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are DeafBlind. Monmouth, Oregon. Retrieved: hands.pdf

Research Summary

Miles, B., Nelson, E., and Pellerin R., 2015. CDCI Research into Practice, Summary 3. University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community  Inclusion.
The Importance of Touch
 An article on Paths to Literacy helps bring home the importance of co-active touch during our interactions with children who are blind or DeafBlind.

Touch: A Critical Sense for Individuals with Visual Impairments (Word document)

Forms for Active Learning

Active Learning Forms

Active Learning Planning Sheet is a form created to capture information about the child's preferences and responses for use in planning Active Learning instructional activities.

Attractive Objects includes a list of objects that might be used in Active Learning activities and environments suggested in Lilli's book Space and Self

Personal Experiences with Active Learning

Connecting with Jimmy

The Little Room, Ladybug Hugs

What My Daughter Taught Me About Active Learning or Whose Goal Is It?
A parent shares her journey in encouraging her daughter's learning through play—on her own terms at home and at school.

Information about Equipment Design 

How to Make a Texture Board to Scratch, Grab, Hold & Release (Word document)

Resonance Board and Little Room Design Information
 (Word document)