Support and Solutions for Parents of Visually Impaired Children

Learning that your child has a visual impairment can feel overwhelming.

The challenges of raising a visually impaired child can bring up questions and concerns about their education, career prospects, family life, and independence. However, there are many ways Low Vision Doctors of Ohio, can support your child's unique needs and help them thrive.

Low Vision Doctors of Ohio, in collaboration with Ocutech, is committed to developing and providing prescriptive optical devices, electronic aids and vision support technology to assist visually impaired children in reaching their full potential and leading fulfilling lives.

Understanding What It Means to Have a Visually Impaired Child

Receiving the news that your child has a visual impairment or is legally blind can be intimidating. You might hear phrases like "there's nothing more that can be done," but this doesn't mean your child lacks vision entirely. Instead, it indicates that their visual abilities, known as functional vision, may differ from those of normally sighted children.

With the right support and low vision services from Low Vision Doctors of Ohio, visually impaired children can develop their strengths and find ways to maximize their vision.

Supporting Your Visually Impaired Child in School

  • Preferred Seating: Allow your child to choose a seating location that suits their needs and is away from windows or other bright light sources.

  • Sun Protection: Encourage the use of sunglasses or a visor hat if they improve your child's vision indoors.

  • Spectral Filters: Consult with our low vision doctor to determine which spectral filters increase your child's function by selectively modifying the visible spectrum.
    Handouts: Provide handouts with an appropriate print size instead of requiring your child to copy everything from the board.

  • Extended Time: Ensure your child has extra time for tests and assignments involving extensive reading and writing.

  • Technology: Equip computers with screen enlarging software for easier access to online and digital learning materials.

  • Text Size: Consult with our low vision doctor to determine the optimal text size for printed materials.

  • Telescopic Assistance: Consider using a monocular or bioptic telescope to enhance your child’s vision in the classroom.

  • Class Education: Arrange a class session to educate their classmates about visual disorders, fostering understanding and support.

  • Communication: Encourage educators to inquire about your child's needs to ensure they can engage with the presented materials effectively.

Establishing your child’s Individual Educational Plan (IEP) and working closely with their teachers will enable you to create a nurturing learning environment that promotes academic and social growth.

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