Blind Children Essay

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Blind Children

Blind children, if given a chance, can play and learn right alongside their sighted peers.
An open mind, a positive attitude, and a little creativity are usually all it takes to
integrate blind students into regular preschool programs. The blind child can learn the
same concepts that are taught the other children. The only difference is the method of
learning. The blind child must make more use of the other senses. They also need parents
and teachers who will allow lots of hands-on experiences. Blind children can learn the
same concepts as other children. They may just need to learn it in a different method such
as hands-on. Concepts such as big and little, same and different, prepositions (over,
under, in, out, behind), shapes, number concepts, and others are easily taught with
concrete objects as an alternative to pictures on paper.

Parents of blind children are used to helping their children get accustomed to new places
and will guide you in doing so. Usually, one or two visits to the classroom when the other
children are not present will be enough to orient the child. Children will use many things
to find their way around. The sound of the wall clock or heater may be a way for them to
locate themselves. They quickly learn that the story time area is carpeted and that the
dress-up area is next to the windows where they can feel the sun or hear the rain.

Blindness does not mean that the child is totally without usable vision. Most of blind
children have varying amounts of vision, which can be quite helpful. "Legal blindness" is
a term you may hear. It means that a child has 10% or less of normal vision. Teachers need
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