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Older children will be less likely to make mistakes in choosing colours for themselves as they have had more time to learn the very subtle differences in shading which help them to identify different colours. They will also have had more time to hone coping techniques such as copying other children in colour situations. However, the older the child becomes the more they will be exposed to situations where they will be expected to interpret colour accurately, especially in school.
Colour Vision Deficiency (CVD) students can sometimes appear slow, distracted or disruptive. This may be because they need extra time to process information. This can result in them missing some teaching points because they are still trying to understand the previous one. Also look out for:
Where you suspect a student might have problems with colour, ask the parents to ask an optician for a formal diagnosis. Follow the tips for younger children but also try to:
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