Visual Disabilities and Child Care

Boy with eye patch

Children learn so much from watching and observing the world around them. Good vision helps a child learn how to reach out and touch an object, crawl over to you or grab onto a chair and pull up. Good vision is especially critical as children learn how to walk and move around. Child care providers are in a good position to recognize children who are having problems with their vision. Vision problems for children are often minor, and can often …

Visual Disabilities: Signs of Concern

Baby with cataracts

Child care providers may have many opportunities to notice if a child is having trouble seeing.  Children who are having trouble with their vision may not  focus their eyes well, or may not look directly at people when talking to them. Sometimes child care providers may notice only a few signs of a vision problem; in other cases, they may see many different signs.

Signs that May Suggest a Visual Disability

The following signs may suggest that a child has …

Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Visual Disabilities

Child wearing glasses

The child care setting can be a confusing place for children with visual disabilities. Children who cannot see well are sometimes delayed in developing physical and motor skills. They may have trouble locating or picking up small objects that have been dropped. They may spill things or bump into things. Child care providers can help children with visual disabilities succeed in the child care setting. Children who cannot see well often learn through other senses, such as hearing and touching.