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10 Tips for Successful Learning for Pupils with Vision Impairment

From the Little Finger By Mary Lee (2005)

  • 1.Use your child’s name before beginning to speak in order to alert them to listening.
  • 2.Give your child plenty of opportunities to anticipate what will happen next, e.g., if you are going to lift them, pause first, with your hands round their middle, and say, “We’re going up”.
  • 3. Try not to manipulate your child’s hands overmuch; their hands act as their eyes and should not be restricted. When demonstrating an action, place your hand or hook a finger under your child’s hand. Allow them control of their own hands.
  • 4. If you are leaving the room, warn your child and say where you are going.
  • 5. Give your child lots of time to explore new things.
  • 6. Instead of using words like ‘here’ and ‘there’ use the words ‘left’ and ‘right’; be specific.
  • 7. Always move from the whole to the parts. Allow your child to explore an object in its entirety before starting to explore individual features.
  • 8. Think about what matters to your child and which senses they use most. Use this in your description of objects and experiences, i.e. talk about weight and texture rather than colour and shape; talk about cold wind and wet rain rather than white clouds and blue sky.
  • 9. Allow your child to explore concepts using their own body e.g. high, low; under, over, through; in, out; big, little.
  • 10. Repeat activities that have to be learned through movement in order to give your child time to internalise and remember the steps in the task.


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[ Modified: Tuesday, 24 September 2019, 12:21 PM ]