Articles by Dr. Lilli Nielsen

Future Reflections, 2004

Elastic Board

More on Cortical Visual Impairment.

Multi-functional Activity Table

Spatial Relations in Congenitally Blind Infants: A Study.  In Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, v.85 n.1 p.11-16, Jan 1991. 

  • Position Boards
  • Tabletop Mobile
  • The Buncher
  • The Essef Board
  • The HOPSA-dress
  • The LIttle Room
  • The Philosophy of the Approach of Active Learning
  • The Resonance Board
  • The Scratch, Position and Grab (SPG) Board
  • The Support Bench


Active Learning and Educational Approaches 

By Gigi Newton, Future Reflections, 2012.
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.
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.
This article discusses some of the basic strategies of Dr. Lilli Nielsen's Active Learning Theory.
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?.
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.
If children learn through play, then we must become better playmates in order to facilitate better learning for the child.
NCDB (National Center on Deaf-Blindness)
This article by David Brown of California Deaf-Blind Services discusses how to make and use a Resonance Board.

Tactual Skills for Students with Visual Impairments

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.

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

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