Eyes and Independence
What does progress look like?
As a specialist for children with a vision impairment and multiple disabilities, supporting the parent/s is so important for empowering them, in teaching them how to observe for progress, little steps, slight changes – even something small is important to notice.
Every parent wants to observe progress being made by their child.
This could include:
- Responding to voice
- Responding to a musical sound
- Change of breathing pattern
- Appearing to notice something
- Do you think he just looked? If you think he did, he probably did.
- The extra babbling sound
- A new sound when playing on the floor
- An extra hour of sleep overnight!
- Less seizure activity
- Small steps – don’t have to be big gains
- A new tooth on the way
- Have just come out of hospital – starting to drink again
- Grown out of her size 00’s
- Avoiding eye contact – (to avoid, requires noticing first)
- They may look and then look away
Has your child made progress this week?
Share the progress…
A young child who appears ‘not to be making progress’ may be the first indicator that the child may have an impairment in an area of development. Further investigation is recommended. Consult a GP for a referral to a Paediatrician. In the meanwhile, observe, and invite other specialists nearby to gather data and contribute towards notes and informal assessments.
Kerri Weaver is a passionate and caring service provider. She loves sharing her knowledge and skills to supporting those with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Kerri has worked in the field of disability for over 30 years. Her experience includes working in Tonga with a specialist team on multiple occasions.
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