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Solving problems

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

Your child has already learned something about solving problems. For example, if he cries when he wants something, he has learned that crying can get him what he wants. But by crying, he is asking someone else to solve a problem. He also needs to learn that he can solve many problems himself.

To help your baby learn how to solve problems

a man speaking to a child who has a cloth over his face.
Where’s Luis?
There he is.

Put a cloth over his face. He may pull it off right away. But if he does not, pull it off yourself and then put the cloth on his face again.

a girl speaking as a child finds a rattle under a bowl.
What’s under the bowl?

Play hide-and-seek with your child’s toys. Shake a noisy toy and then hide it under a cloth. See if he can pull the cloth off to find it. Next, try turning a bowl or a pan upside down and putting it over the toy. See if he can figure out how to turn the bowl over.

Give your child a box filled with different sized objects and let him play with them. Then cut a hole in the lid of the box, but make the hole smaller than some of the objects. Put the lid on the box and encourage your child to take all the objects out. See if he can figure out how to take off the lid to get the biggest objects out.

a boy cutting a hole in the lid of a box.
The hole should be large enough for his hand to reach inside the box, but small enough so that some toys are too big to pull out of the box.
the boy speaking as a baby puts his hand through the hole into the box.
The toy is too big to get out, isn’t it?
What can we do?