Top Tips for Supporting Pupils with a Vision Impairment

Planning:

  • Ensure support staff have time to modify materials before the lesson
  • Find alternatives – if you are making a lightbulb circuit with a blind child, use a buzzer

 

Resourcing:

  • Prepare worksheets in an appropriate font size and style – the Specialist Teacher will advise
  • Ensure the child/young person always has their own copy so they can view at their preferred angle and distance
  • When enlarging, do two sheets of A4 rather than A3 so it’s a more manageable size
  • Reduce the visual “clutter” -  key points only; good contrast, high quality copies will give best access

 

Teaching:

  • Use all the senses – verbalise key info, have real objects and artefacts whenever possible – real coins if you are teaching about money, for instance
  • Seat the child in the position advised by their QTVI – this is not always at the front or in the middle
  • They don’t want to be on an island! Please ensure the child or young person (CYP) is seated with a friend when they are using any specialist equipment
  • Be aware of background noise – an open door, ticking clock, fan, heater etc – these all affect the CYP’s ability to concentrate
  • Give extra time, if needed, for CYP to process information and complete tasks

 

In class:

  • Continuity – avoid moving things around and walk through changes with the CYP
  • Consider whether they will be better off using the monitor or an iPad rather than viewing the whiteboard
  • Bright light is not always good light  - use blinds to cut glare and always face the source of light
  • They don’t want to be on an island! Please ensure the CYP is seated with a friend when they are using any specialist equipment

 

Ask your Specialist Teacher – we are here to help!

Melissa.Boxall@babcockinternational.com

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