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My Specialist Experience Teaching Children with Visual Impairments

When working with children who have visual impairments, I ensure that I have a clear understanding of any strategies that they have found to be successful so that I can plan sessions that work to match their needs. I encourage the child to use visual aids or resources that have been prescribed (e.g. glasses, magnifiers, big-print books, etc) and ensure that the environment is supportive to them (sitting front facing in a classroom, lights at the correct angle to them, reducing any risk of glare etc.). I ensure that printed resources are of an appropriate size, font and contrast as well as ensuring that the child has regular breaks from near-point work to avoid visual stress or fatigue. I have found that supplementing visual materials with clear verbal explanations and increasing oral and kinaesthetic activities successful at supporting learners with visual impairments.

Small Child with Large Glasses
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