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newly bling parent with sighted four year old

How do you do it? From playing outside to homework. Any advice is greatly appreciated

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Re:newly bling parent with sighted four year old



Well it's definitly possible. I am a blind single mom with a ten year old and a three year old who are both girls in case you were wondering. Of course there are a few more challanges for us blind parents but theere is also usually always a work around of some kind depending on the situation. To answer your specific questions of playing outside...yes I know it can be tricky but again it can be done. The important thing to first remember is take deep breaths and don't panick. Keep talking to your child so you know where he or she is. Hold their hand when walking somewhere. Don't be afraid to attach a small bell to their clothing or shoes to help you hear where they are. Teach them firm boundaries of where they can and can't go. If they disregard your boundaries take away the activity of playing outside for a while so they know you mean business. This may make them think twice before testing you in the future. Try and explain to him or her in four year old language that you can't see and it's important for them to not wonder off. there's more to it than this obviously but those are just a few tips. Homework can be difficult when you are faced with new information as your child gets older that you've never seen before. things are always changing in the land of education and that means the way you were taught may not be the same way they have been taught to do the problem. When they are four it may be harder to help because maybe they can't read to you problems and instructions. But normally their homework consists of coloring, beginning letters and words and working with numbers. If your child knows his or her letters and they are trying to read tell them to spell the word to you. This will tell you the word and allow you to help them sound out the word more affectively. A more technological approach is to scan the homework page into your computer. This will allow you to use a screen reader program such as JAWS to read you the material your little one is working on. Another option is to keep in close contact with the teacher either over the phone or via e-mail. They can give you explanations of the homework and in the case of the e-mail maybe even send you a virtual copy of the assignment. It's always a good idea to explain your limitations to your child's teacher right from the beginning. Give them ideas of what things they could do to help you to help your child. Teachers love to see parents take an active interest in their children's education and will probably be more than willing to work with you. If you have questions don't be afraid to ask. If something isn't working for you give alternative suggestions. Also don't be afraid to schedule more frequent parent teacher conferences to be sure you are on the same page as the teacher in regards to your child's progress. I hope this all helps and please feel free to contact me with any other questions, advice or if you just want to talk. I have a blog about bllindness at http://playingtheblindcard.blogspot.com and my e-mail is nikkirae83@gmail.com I hope you keep in touch.
Sincerely,
Nikki


Re:newly bling parent with sighted four year old



Thank you so very much . That was all very helpful and I will do just that regarding homework and the teachers. Right now we are working on numbers and our alphabet, she has the letter K down , because of her name. But, I can hardly wait until she can distinguish letters and I can have her speek to me.


Re:newly bling parent with sighted four year old



I'm glad I could help if you have any other questions or need any othe advice feel free to email me any time. I'm also available if you ever just want to talk. It's always nice to have someone to talk to that's going through the same things. Also I would love for you to check out my blog Playing The Blind Card. I think you will like it and I would love for you to comment on the posts and be sure to click the follow link it will help show your support and send you Email when new posts are added to the site. The address is http://playingtheblindcard.blogspot.com
Sincerely,
Nikki


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