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please help!!! blind toddler

Please doea anyone have advice??? my Chloe just turned 2 and still not able to eat aything but pureed or baby food and noodles...ive tried everything and she spits it out. We are working with early childhood intervention but i live in a small town and most of the kids they work with have some vision and my Chloe is completely blind. also she is not walking or crawling yet!! i work with her everyday and she has the strength but doesnt want to move on her own. any advice wouold be appreciated i am so stressed and worried she will never walk.

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My daughter, who's almost 3, didn't start walking independantly until about 2 months after she turned 2. Everyone was right when they said one day she'd just up and start walking. Just like that. She also had the phyiscal strength to walk long before that but was scared. I did tons of excercises with her that made her VERY mad but was worth it. Start very small with letting her hand go while she's standing. Let go for only a couple seconds. Gradually add time. Keep doing this and then add distance between you. It sounds simple but it will take a long time to get her to do it. I know it did with my daughter. Every physical therapy session was filled with screams because she would cling to me for dear life. One thing her therapist said to try was to have her hold a ace bandage or something else that stretches and you have the other end. That way she feels some support and comfort but you are still helping. Once she's comfortable with that, try having her hold a toy with no support from you. With my daughter, just holding something, even if I wasn't on the other end, made her comfortable enough to try walking. We also used musical toys or snacks to motivate her to walk to me. In case you're interested, I've started a blog about my experiences raising my daughter. Check it out if you want and feel free to ask all the questions you want. http://raisingablindangel.blogspot.com/


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thank you for your responses. i would love to hear from anyone with advice for what to expect and how to help my baby. please feel free to email me: i_love_chloe@live.com


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ok, first is that professionals are great, but everyone goes at their own pace. Don't obsess over it. And, don't make it such a big deal that you might miss other strides that your daughter may be making. All that said, here are some suggestions to encourage Chloe's development.
Find sounds and smells that she likes or even textures that she likes. put them out of reach and let her know that if she wants them, she must move to get them. Encourage her to explore and have many tactile and audible things for her to discover. She will finally want to move and try to crawl or just walk. Some children skip that crawling stage and go right into the walking. Sure, crawling helps with coordination, but you can do other activities to help. There are also moving toys that make the child have to crawl or walk after it. Balls roll and are also good toys to help the child continue to move.

Find finger foods that she likes and offer them to her. Some foods make funny sounds when eaten and that might encourage her to want to make those sounds also. At this point, treat things as a new discovery and a game. Don't make it drudgery and she will want to do it more often. Remember that her attention span might be short, so just a couple times a day, at first is good and you can build up her tolerance for such play.
you can email me off the AFB board at:
jan.wrightfamily5@gmail.com


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Everything will be okay I have a 4 year old lil girl she has been blind since birth just keep doing what you are doing I was worried about the samethings with her she finally started eating solids last year and has been walking since 20months.


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Hello. My son is 16 months and blind in one eye, and very low vision in the other. he has yet to walk. he still perfers mushy foods, and can be very picky. he is not verbal yet either. The more i research, the more i find out that this is not uncommon. we continue to get services and do our "homework". but let me know if you'd like to email, and we can support each other! best of luck!


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Hi: I've been blind from birth, and was walking and eating solids at nine months, but my sister was a diferent story. She was also blind from birth, and was a lot like your daughter. She (when she was about two to three years, but especially at two) ate no main meals except for pizza, bologna and hot dogs. She would eat chitos, deredos, fredos, and pretty much anything that ended with "tos" except tomatos and potatos. She was also in speech and ocupational theropy ( and we are both currently in O.T.), and they gave her a sensory diet, and worked with her on eating foods of different textures. I can still remember trying diced apples and diced pears with her when we had them in the house. She didn't walk until the age of 3 and 1/2 (actually she was 3 and 8 months), and didn't say much until she was around five. Our parents were in your same boat. Inroll Clowy in physical, occupational, and speech theropy, with emphasis on physical for the walking, and keep working with her and incouraging her. Feel free to e-mail me at Tamawoman@gmail.com.


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Dear friend,I am from India and I am blind by right eye due to cataract then before retina detactment and left eye having spactacle for near and distant.I consulted with so many doctor but no one give perfect treatment or said my problem is critical and there is no perfect medicine for this but once I heard about Yoga and Prayanam and started the both then after six month my spactacle removed and my blind eye becoming healthy but slowly.So you can easily find Yoga and Prayanam Classes in your location if you life.
S Bargate


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Be patient and don't worry. Children with vision problems sometimes take a little longer to adjust to a sighted world. Don't worry, relax some, and don't treat the child in any unusual way. Above all, as they grow, be sure and remind them that people with vision problems can do ANYTHING they set their minds to doing... and remind yourself of this from time to time as well.


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hi I'am completley blind and I never cralled. I didn't walk until I was three years old.


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I have a 20 yr old daughter with SOD she is legally blind. She didn't walk or eat regular food until she was 5 yrs old. She was going to Easter Seals for therapy and they built her a standing box with a tray. She use to stand in there for a little while each day. Finally at 5 yrs old she started to walk and just like that one day she just started to take and eat what we handed her with out being put in a blender.


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Hi, I have a two year old but he can see. I, myself am a blind mom. I was delayed on learning to crawl and walk as a baby but turned out okay. Just keep what you are doing. It usually takes a blind child to catch on a little longer because he or she is unable to get the visual outlook of everything that is happening around them. Good luck.


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