Early Intervention for Children With Vision Impairments

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Infants born with visual impairments are disadvantaged in learning and development. Let's look at how early intervention services can help babies' developmental progress and prepare them for school.

Children with Visual Impairments

Imagine going through your normal daily routine without being able to see. Your ability to get around the house, get ready in the morning, and interact with others would be significantly impacted. The ability to see is one of our most valuable resources for learning new things. With impaired vision, a person is forced to rely on the other four senses to experience the world.

There are approximately 500,000 children with significant visual impairments in the United States. These children need individualized instruction from a young age to be prepared to enter school with their peers. This individualized instruction falls under the umbrella of early intervention, a service provided to families by the federal government. Early intervention should begin soon after a child is born, and is continued up until the child turns three.

How Infants with Visual Impairments Learn

Children with visual impairments have difficulty seeing, but are otherwise capable of learning and progressing with their peers. As long as there are no other disabilities, parents and teachers should have high expectations for these children. Teaching infants with visual impairments requires an understanding of the ways in which they learn differently from a typical baby.

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