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Health Education for Students with Visual Impairments

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Teaching students with visual impairments about maintaining their personal health is an important part of allowing them to function independently. This lesson discusses health education in students with visual impairments.

Why Health Education Matters

Gerri is a high school special education teacher who specializes in students with visual impairments, or disabilities that affect their vision and processing of visual information. At a recent meeting, Gerri learned more about some of the changes her district is making in health education overall. She knows that her students attend health class with their physical education teacher, but she starts thinking about some of the special needs and concerns her students might have in terms of caring for their own health and well-being.

Gerri knows that many of her students are capable of independent living and wants to make sure they are equipped to take care of themselves and their bodies. She starts learning more about the special concerns involved in health education for students with visual impairments.

Caring for Physical Health

First, Gerri understands that a major aspect of health education has to do with caring for physical health. Her students, like other students, need to learn how to maintain their hygiene, how often to visit a doctor, and how to eat nutritiously. However, there are some special aspects to teaching physical health to students with visual impairments.

Learning Styles

Gerri knows that her students often learn better when they hear what they need to know and have modalities other than their visual senses for processing information. Therefore, when she talks about the importance of exercise, she has her students do jumping jacks or run in place while they talk about the parts of their body that are benefiting from exercise.

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