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Helping your child use the sight she has
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If your child can see a little:
and hold things.
Let your child hold things or move her body in the way that helps her see best, even if it looks awkward to you. For example:
If your child sees only a small area in front of her, she will see more if she looks up, down, and to the right and left as she moves instead of straight ahead.
Notice if your child tends to pay attention to certain:
If she does, you can use these preferences to help her learn
and move about safely.
|To catch her baby’s interest, this
mother rolls a brightly colored ball
across a white cloth.
|Use bright colors to mark the edges|
of objects or places. This will help
her learn to recognize places and shapes.
When she is older, brightly colored ribbons, cloths, or objects can help her know where she is.
To answer this question, you will need to know what causes your child’s difficulty seeing. For more information, see the chapter “Why Children Lose Their Vision and What We Can Do.”