Hints for Parents
Reprint With Permission from VIP Newsletter
Here are some suggestions to help you to enable
your child's growth toward independence.
- Hold your child. Cuddle him, talk to him, kiss
him. This is the best way to show your love to
- Talk to your child about things in the environment
(the home, the community, the outdoors, the world).
Remember, your child may not be able to learn
by watching,. She learns from the things she
hears, smells, tastes and touches.
- Explain to your child what is going to happen.
He will be less frightened about a doctor's visit
or going to a new place or meeting new people
if he knows what to expect.
- Give your child freedom to safely explore around
the house and other places that you go. Don't
over-react to bumps and scrapes. If you learn
to take them in your stride, so will she. She
will be able to learn best by doing.
- Ask your child to help you plan. Such questions
as "What shall we have for supper?" or "Shall
we make the beds first?" or "What shall we get
at the grocery store?" help him to feel useful
- Ask your child to help with household tasks.
Bringing clean diapers for the baby, helping
to clear the table, or getting a cookie for little
sister, are all ways she can help.
- Encourage your child to talk about his feelings.
Help him to understand what happiness, anger
and sadness mean.
- When your child asks questions about her blindness,
answer them in a clear, simple manner. Do not
avoid talking about blindness with her.
- Help your child develop a positive self-image.
When he likes himself and thinks of himself as
a capable person, others around him will think
this way too.
- Let your child know that you are proud of her
and that she is important to you. This is done
by the way you treat her as well as what you
say to her.
- Provide lots of opportunities for your child
to interact with other children. He needs friends
and will learn so much from them.
- Do not excuse unacceptable behavior. A blind
child must follow the same rules his brothers
and sisters follow.
Published in Blind Children's Fund
VIP Newsletter October 2000 Volume 16 No. 3