Meeting the needs of children and families (part one)Presentation Transcript
Meeting the Needs of Children and Families “Child with Vision Impairment” Prepared by: Laila Parveen 1
Introduction to the child and family
Laila, age 15 months has been diagnosed with severe
Her parents are very concerned and upset.
They worry about her safety and how she will form
Her parents lived in Toronto all their lives and asked
about services in the area. 2
Introduction to individual special need
Laila is a child with visual impairment.
Visual impairment refers to any condition that only
allows a child to see with a restricted field of vision.
Visual impairment may range from having limited
vision to some functional vision. 3
Meeting the needs in the child care centre
Set up the environment.
Safety; danger areas should be locked or blocked off in
the school to prevent accidents or falls.
Special training in practicing daily living skills such as
eating, bathing and dressing.
Motivation to beat frustration.
Meeting the needs in the child care centre contd…
Special learning aids; for learning shapes colors and letters.
Social support to make friends.
Support to use all sensory input as effectively as
possible to maximize learning and facilitate development. 5
Meeting the needs of the parents
Support parents as they may experience considerable
stress at the time of diagnosis and throughout their lives to meet the unique needs of their child.
Educate parents to lock the danger areas of the
home to prevent falls and accidents of the child.
Educate parents how to give training to their child in
practicing daily living skills such as eating, bathing and dressing. 6
Needs of the parents contd.
Support the parents to face the facts that their child will have to learn and to write Braille and may need special equipments like touch type lap top computers, CCTV, variety of magnifiers and large - print materials with enrolment in a special school in future.
Social support: For extra money worries for the child.
Service Provider in Toronto: Population served: Birth to 5 years Cost: Free Referral Process: Ophthalmologist, Parents & Social Workers. Criteria: Children will need a diagnosis from an Ophthalmologist in order to receive services. Availability: Open URl : Blind-Low Vision Community service database 8