TIPS FOR PARENTS
Parents and families will receive many tips from health care professionals and educators about how to help their child to learn. One of the most important things to remember is that your child will pick up on your attitude! Be positive. Engage your child at every opportunity. He or she can help bake cookies, go on walks, climb trees, play with others. Every child gets bumps and scrapes – it’s part of the learning process. You can help to create a sense of joy in learning and experiencing the world in order to build self confidence.
These tips also describe the importance of vision and sensory stimulation for children who are blind or visually impaired. The Blind Children’s Fund was an early advocate for early “intervention” services to help blind and visually impaired children. Since that time, this is considered the norm for children who are blind or visually impaired.
It is also important to know that you are not alone. Like many parents of children, parents are often tired with all they have to do to provide for their families, and help their children to learn. Parents of visually impaired children often feel the same. However, many often share a profound sense of joy as well as the challenge that this special child brings to their lives. Our links to parent forums can help you with making these connections online.
Approach these tips for parenting as you would any other: use what works for you and your individual and family situation and pass them along to others if they work.