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by Learning Hub - Thursday, 28 November 2019, 2:45 PM
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Considering Your Child's Visual Skills

From the Little Finger By Mary Lee (2005)

  • Find out as far as you are able, what your child’s visual diagnosis is and what assessments have been done to ascertain how your child uses their vision and what difficulties they may have
  • Has your child been prescribed glasses? If so, are you clear what these are to be used for, i.e. are they for close inspection of objects and looking at pictures, or are they for moving around and seeing things at a distance?
  • Look around the house and see if you think that the things your child needs to access are clear and easily seen, e.g. brightly coloured plates and cups, dark table mats so that the plates stand out, well contrasted door handles, well lit stairs. Check for glare from the window falling across e.g. the table or television screen
  • Give your child time to study objects in their own way. The older child will hold objects where they can see them best
  • Familiar objects are more easily recognised than unfamiliar. Keeping things where your child expects to find them, aids recognition in the early years. Making things larger does not necessarily make them easier to see. This will depend on your child’s visual condition
  • Black on white or black on yellow provides the best contrast. Young babies are attracted to bold patterns in black and white
  • Simplicity is very important when encouraging your child to use their vision. Too much clutter can cause confusion and your child may turn away
  • Looking that involves effort, can be tiring. Your child may appreciate relaxation times in a darkened room with sensory stimulation cut down to a minimum, for example, a single light or sound source
  • Does your child prefer to play indoors or under a tree? Some children may be very sensitive to sunlight and may not enjoy, for example, paddling pools, because of this. A hat with a brim can go some way to solving the problem

Learn More

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