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Helping the Blind Child Learn to Move About
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The child who is blind often is slow at learning to move about and will need extra help and encouragement. Some of the activities in Chapter 35 for creeping, crawling, standing, and walking will help. Here are some other suggestions.
|When the child is beginning to scoot or crawl, you can leave toys and other interesting things in different places where he will find them. This will encourage him to explore and discover.|
|But when the child begins to walk, try to keep everything in its place, so that she does not bump into things unexpectedly and can gain more confidence moving about. If you change the position of something, show her where it is.|
|Play games and do exercises that will help the child gain confidence in moving and using his body.|
Encourage the child to make adventure, explore, and do all the things a child normally does. Protect her from hurting herself—but do not protect her too much. Remember, all children learning to walk sometimes fall. A blind child is no different.
|Help the child find his way by following walls and fences.|
|The child can learn to feel the edge of the path with her feet, and to feel plants or other objects with her hands.||If the child does not start walking without help, let him start by pushing a simple walker, chair, or cart.|
|Do not force the blind child to walk alone before he is ready. One day he will start walking alone, first a few steps only, but finally with confidence.|