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HealthWiki > Helping Children Who Are Blind > Chapter 7: Thinking Skills > Counting

To help your child learn to count

Throughout the day, look for ways to teach your child to count.

a boy and a small child counting buttons on the child's shirt.
Let’s count the buttons: 1, 2, 3...
1, 2, 3...
a man speaking to a boy near a table with bowls on it.
Let’s count the spoons you have. Are there enough for everyone?
a man speaking as a boy holds 2 balls; 2 smaller balls are on the floor.
Good, Pedro! You found the big balls. Let’s count them: 1, 2...

When your child is
matching and sorting
objects, you can also
teach him to count.

Make a simple counting frame. Your child can slide beads or rings from one side to the other to count, add, and subtract.

When your child becomes more skilled with numbers, he can learn to use the methods in your community that rely on touch, like counting stones or using an abacus.

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