Meeting the needs of childrenand familiesPresented by Weihong(Annie) Zhang
Introduction of family andneeds Jose is 4 years old with low vision and his family just moved to Toronto from Winnipeg His parents both work in full time They maybe want to know information about settlement services and where to find a good pediatric ophthalmologist and low vision clinic
Definition of low vision “Low vision refers to a severe visual impairment(not necessarily limited to distance vision)”(http://connectability.ca/categor y/kids/.
Cause and treatment Drug and surgical treatment that can help to reduce symptoms “Low vision can be the result of childhood conditions such as albinism, pediatric cataracts, pediatric glaucoma, nystagmus, and retinal and optic nerve abnormalities”( http://www.aapos.org/t erms/conditions/134).
Family’s underline needs Services in the neighborhood, such school, library, community center, after school programs and family doctor Find a counselor to deal with working stress Introduce family to the other parents to get some necessary information They need to be referred to Early Intervention
Accommodate to the child andfamily Physical environment Open and Cluttered free classroom, handrails and walkers available Storage toys and supplies consistently for child’s independence Use carpet to separate different area and vary floor textures Let natural light come in but not glare into children’s eyes Out door equipment should in different color Display large pictures and print on the wall for remind children of routine Easy to access magnify glass, low vision optical and braille book
“Glasses and/orcontact lenses may berecommended. Magnifiers, binoculars,telescopes or tintedlenses may be helpfulaswell”)(http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditi-ons/134).
“Hand held magnifying glasses to allow people to read things close up” “Tilted reading and writing stands”(http://www.sightsavers.org/our _work/how_we_help/health/causes_of _blindness/low_vision/default.html) Plan more sensory experiences and music activities Provide books on tape and video aids
Refer agencies to family Community Living Toronto City Kids: Early Intervention Program for children with identified special needs Ontario Association of Optometrists: Provide Eye see…Eye learn program for junior kindergarten eye exam by optometrists and cost covered by OHIP Ontario Early Years Center get information about programs and sevices for children and family Toronto Public Health Blind low vision program 211 Toronto Community, health, social services and client-focus services
Reference (n.d.). Retrieved from http://connectability.ca/category/kids/ (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.aapos.org/terms/conditions /134 (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.sightsavers.org/our_work/h ow_we_help/health/causes_of_blindn ess/low_vision/default.html Google