Blind Child

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Visual impairment or blindness can be classified into the following categories:

The effect of visual problems on a child's development depends on the gravity, type of loss, age at which the condition appears, and overall functioning level of the child. Many children who have multiple disabilities may also have visual impairments resulting in motor, cognitive, and/or social developmental delays.

Children with visual impairments should be assessed early to benefit from early intervention programs, when applicable. Technology in the form of computers and low-vision optical and video aids enable many partially sighted, low vision and blind children to participate in regular class activities. Large print materials, books on tape, and Braille books are available.

If you feel your child might have vision problems, look out for the following symptoms:

Physical symptoms:

Physical Behavioral symptoms:

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