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ERIC Number: ED249698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Visually Impaired Preschooler with an Emphasis on Medical Intervention.
Harrell, Lois
The paper details the impact of blindness and visual impairments on young children's development. Specific developmental risks are examined for the following areas (sample difficulties in parentheses): body awareness (delayed concept of object permanence), motor development (lack of incentive to explore and resultant delay in purposeful movement), auditory awareness (problems in acquiring good listening skills), language (lack of opportunities for indirect initial introduction and reinforcment of vocabulary, concepts, and descriptions), cognitive development (use of inappropriate tools for testing), and psycho-social development (adult overprotection and lack of experience on which to base social skills). The impact of hospitalization are enumerated and suggestions are offered for reducing negative results for both verbal and nonverbal visually impaired infants and toddlers. Considerations specific to recently blinded children are also examined, including the child's needs for calm conversation and positive physical input. (CL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A