Hesperian Health Guides
Chapter 17: As Your Child Gets Older
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A young child who is blind thinks that everyone learns about the world the same way he does. He is not aware that other children have different ways of knowing and learning about the world. But, as he gets older, a child who is blind begins to understand that he is different.
When a blind child is around 5 years old, he begins to understand that other children do not need to touch something to "look" at it.
As he begins to notice that he is different, he may have new, strong feelings about his difference. Some children who are blind or cannot see well feel sad about their difference. Other children are angry or frustrated.