How to Cope With Vision Impairment in Children
Some children may develop vision impairment due to various causes. But, you can help to cope with vision impairment in children. Some kids with visual impairments can cope well in schools with the help of contact lenses or glasses, but some may have problems which go undetected and some others have difficulties which need the help of a specialist.
As visual impairments can easily go undetected, you need to check out the lists of signs of vision impairment in your kids. Some of the symptoms are listed below.
- Sensitive to bright light
- Red/weepy eyes
- Continuous rubbing or blinking of eyes
- Holding a book or a paper very close to their face
- Kid holding the head at a different or an awkward angle
- Frequent dizziness or headaches
- Bumping into things, poor balance, clumsiness
- Inappropriate or lack of response to visuals and non-verbal communication
- Difficulty or slowness in copying notes from the board
- Untidy handwriting and diagrams
Some strategies to follow for vision impairment in children are listed below.
- Make sure that they wear contact lens or glasses whenever required, especially during studying or in the classroom or while walking in traffic or on the road.
- Make sure that they clean their lenses and glasses.
- Frequently consult a doctor regularly for other disorders, so that there is no increase of symptoms for the disorder.
- Provide enlarged prints or pictures whenever possible.
- Seat the child where there is proper ventilation and good lighting; it should not be either too dim or too bright.
- If you are guiding a visually impaired individual, let them hold your hands or take your arm.
Avoid leaving a visually impaired person in open space; make sure that they sit or hold the furniture or touch the wall.
- Help them to learn their daily activities and routes which they need to use, like going to the bathroom from a classroom. Guide them with the help of landmarks or a trail with the walls.
The most important part for any individual is to build confidence, thus never discourage them. First, the parents and family members should be confident; guide and help them in every possible way to build the learning skills necessary to use their abilities and skills.