8. "Don’t worry, she’s doing fine. It’s normal for children who are blind to be a year or two behind."
- It is important to have age-appropriate expectations at home
as well as at school. Always look for opportunities to promote learning
and independence for your child. Be careful not to step in and help too
soon. Make a conscious effort to let your child work things out.
- If you suspect that your child has an additional disability, make careful
observations regarding areas in which your child struggles as well as strategies
which have worked. Write these down to share with the IEP team. Even if
your child has additional disabilities, you can still have high expectations
and provide appropriate learning opportunities and experiences.
- Have your child spend time with peers and adults who are blind or visually impaired who are positive role models.
- Get connected to other parents whose children with visual impairments
experienced typical development. Find out what worked for their children.
- Fill in the visual gaps for your child. Ask questions to see where the
gaps are and then provide experiences to fill them in. Has your child ever
touched the roots of a plant? Does she know applesauce isn’t red and some
apples are green? Does he know what facial expressions and gestures mean
socially? Go out on field trips. Go for walks (take the cane!) and stop to
smell, touch and listen.
- If you disagree with the IEP, make sure to include a written statement
noting your objections. Unless indicated otherwise, signing the IEP indicates
attendance, but not necessarily agreement.
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National Center on Severe and Sensory Disabilities
and the National Organization of Parents of Blind Children
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Copyright © 2006 National Center on Low-Incidence Disabilities
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