By Sandy Niemann, Namita Jacob, Heidi Broner
Kids strengthen swifter in the course of their first 5 years than at the other level of their existence. And whereas childrens who're no longer visually impaired learn how to circulation round, speak, and comprehend the realm clearly as they have interaction with humans and issues they see, young children who're blind want additional support studying easy methods to depend on their different senses - listening to, contact, odor, and style - to discover, examine and engage with the realm round them. the easy and fascinating actions during this publication will help mom and dad, caregivers, academics, medical examiners, rehabilitation employees, and others support a baby with imaginative and prescient difficulties strengthen all his or her functions. themes comprise: assessing how a lot a baby can see, fighting blindness, aiding a toddler stream round competently, the way to contain studying actions in day-by-day paintings, getting ready for childcare and college, assisting mom and dad of blind childrens, and instructing universal actions like consuming, dressing, and retaining fresh
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If your child can see a little, try changing the amount of light, the kind of light, or the direction the light comes from. See what works best. If she has trouble seeing when the amount of light changes, teach her to stop moving and to wait for her eyes to adjust. helping children who are blind 29 30 finding out what your child can see Notice if your child tends to pay attention to certain: • colors • patterns • sizes • color contrasts If she does, you can use these preferences to help her learn and move about safely.
Try to understand what your child is trying to say when he repeats your words. Often it helps to look for feelings and ideas he may want to talk about but does not know how to say. Rashid, are you upset? Are you saying you don’t want me to go? This is a pineapple. Feel how rough the outside is. When we cut it open, the inside is almost smooth and very sweet. Give your child many opportunities in the community to learn about the world and to touch the things you talk about. This will help him learn more words so he will need to repeat things less often.
If your baby cannot see, you may have to help her learn to roll over. As her head, neck, and shoulders get strong, you will notice your baby holding her head up and turning when she hears sounds. Now she can prepare for rolling over. Hold on, Clara... I’m pulling you over. When your baby is on her stomach, shake a noisy toy above her head to encourage her to lift her head up. When she grasps the toy, move it behind her to help her roll onto her back. Put your baby on her side with a cloth or pillow behind her.