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Blind child crawling

Hi,
I have a 17 month old daughter who was born at 25 weeks gestation; therefore, developing Retinopathy of Prematurity. She is blind in her left eye and sees only shadows and light and dark with her right eye. She has begun to crawl and explore. When she crawls, she will not lift her head. She drags it across the floor. When she was smaller she would use her head to balance and feel around with her hands for her toys. I was wondering if this is a normal characterisic for an unsighted child? Thank you!!

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Hi Im A mother of a 5yr old pre-mature boy. He was born blind in both eyes. He will be turning 6 in october and he's still not potty trained. Ive tried everything and even his teachers are working with him on this. He understands what the toilet is but prefers to go in his pamper. Can anybody give me any suggestions on how to potty train him. Thanks


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HI, MY NAME IS ERIN KAISER. I HAVE A LITTLE BOY WHO IS NOW 14 MONTHS AND JUST STARTING TO CRAWL. HE WAS BORN COMPLETELY BLIND BUT CAN NOW SEE 4 TO 5 FEET. ENCOURAGE NECK EXERCISES BY MAKING HIM ROCK YOU WHEN YOU ARE IN THE ROCKING CHAIR WITH HIM IF YOU HAVE ONE. ALSO TRY SIT UPS. GOOD LUCK, IF YOU NEED MORE ADVICE I AM ON MYSPACE AND ALSO AOL IS LADYCAT45


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Hi,

I am a mom of a 5 year old and my son has similar conditions as your daughter. When he started crawling he did the same action. What I did since he loves flashlights is I would shine a flashlight at the top of his head and when he caught the light I slowly started shining the light up the wall/furniture in which he had to lift his head up to see. Or we would shine the light on the wall and make shadows and he would have to lift his head up to see them.
Try also to put a musical lighted toy up on the couch in her path and see if she will follow the music and eventually the light to lift her head.
Take care and have fun with your little bundle of joy.
What a blessing a child is.
Dorothy


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Absolutely this is normal. My daughter is sighted in the same manner as your daughter and we did a lot of the same therapy as you are doing. (My daughter just turned 6, and girl...you cannot stop that little motor of hers!!) She did not crawl (army crawl) until after she was one, began jumping up and down on funiture between then and two, and started walking at 26 months. Now, you'll be darned to get her to slow down...most people don't even know she is blind:) You're daughter is beautiful and very normal! God Bless!


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hello MacysMom how are you and Macy doing? We just came back from childrens hospital in Philadelphia for Aiko's annual eye check-up and the doctors were amazed at how good she is doing.She was born without an optic nerve in her right eye and just a sliver of the optic nerve in her left eye.They told us she was blind at 11 months old.But she has developed a small amount of sight in that left eye.She will be 3 yrs old in March and she told them what colors her crayons were and could pick out circals and squares and triangels..I just wanted you to know there is always HOPE. Aiko's Nana


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Thank you for responding. I was just curious to know if this was what a normal blind child does. We are actually working with occupational therapy once a week and physical therapy once a week. We have have the big exercise ball also and many other exercises to go along with it. Occupational therapy said that working with her on a sliding board would help also....so we have been trying that too. Macy is cruising furniture like crazy and is getting very brave about letting go and trying to stand on her own. Thank you so much again!! Good luck with your granddaughter.....it sounds as if she is doing well.


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Yes she is normal Blind children do not hold there heads up because there is nothing for them to see.Our almost Three year old granddaughter was born blind and she never did crawl.She just started out walking holding on at first.Now she RUNS and Climbs on everything.My advice to you is to do exercises to strenghen her neck muscels because she is not using them.Our baby has no neck line at all because of this. Now we hold her legs while she walks on her hands and we play with her laying across a huge ball hands to the floor and play looking up at the birds anything that will use those muscels. Have you heard of Early Childhood Intervention They will help with Ideas also.Our baby is also suppose to walk with her cane but she is to independant right now but when she goes to preschool she will need it because it will be unfamilliar territory.I hope this helps you.


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