Social skills Issues for Kids with Visual Impairments

Several parents expressed concern that their children act younger than their typical peers.

Children with visual impairments including CVI might have problems seeing distance items, people and faces. If children have problems seeing things at distance, they can’t see how other children are behaving. They can’t imitate what they can’t see.

They can’t see other people’s reactions to their behavior and modify it. Their difficulties with facial recognition means difficulty reading facial expressions. Reading the facial expressions of your peers is feedback for your behavior.

Sharon Sacks wrote a wonderful book about social skills and children with visual impairment. It is filled with ideas to support kids who lack the visual feedback to act like their peers.

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