Begin by reading the information on challenges faced by visually impaired children across the curriculum and at all levels, plus the suggestions for inclusion.

You can:

  • Support the child with clear speech and logical connections between concepts and activities. Explain why the child is undertaking a task - it will help them to build practical experiences on to their expectations.
  • It is hard for a visually impaired child to work out what is happening when practically exploring a concept, so providing more detail is helpful, as long as the vocabulary you use is clear.
  • Use buddies for practical work. Help the buddy support the child, mapping out things they can do and things the visually impaired child is going to have difficulty with.
  • Use textured resources where helpful.
  • Support the written recording of work either through raised writing (moon writing) or through bright colours and enlarged text in good light (for a child with some vision).
  • A visually impaired child will find it difficult to learn words connected with time and sequencing (days of week, what day is tomorrow). Try a textured timetable with either moon writing or raised symbols to help.

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