Emotional support for children and young people with vision impairment
We've produced a series of guides and podcasts for parents and carers about emotional support for children and young people with vision impairment.
Children and young people with vision impairment experience the same everyday experiences, feelings and reactions as their sighted peers. There may also be some particular issues relating to having a vision impairment, where it is helpful for parents, siblings, friends, family and other people to give support.
Parents tell us that one of the most difficult parts of finding out that their child has a vision impairment is knowing how to talk about it with their child. We've produced this guidance to support parents and carers as they think about this issue.
Emotional Support Podcasts
We understand that children and young people with vision impairment can face hurdles and challenges as they grow, live and learn.
We've recently added to our series of podcasts for parents and carers about emotional support for children and young people with vision impairment.
Members of our CYPF & Education support team speak to NHS Clinical Psychologist, Ian McCubbin. Ian is part of a team working in hospitals across the UK to provide specialist services to children and young people with VI which are funded by Fight Against Blindness.
We discuss advice, strategies and suggestions on a range of issues that young people and parents frequently ask us about. For each podcast, there is follow-on information.
If you would like advice and support from our Family Support Officers about any of the issues covered in the podcast series, please contact us via the Helpline 0303 123 9999 or email [email protected].
Podcasts Series 1
Parents tell us that knowing how to talk about it with their child is one of the most difficult and distressing parts of finding out their child has a vision impairment. We look at the importance of having a conversation with a child and how to prepare.
For children and young people with a vision impairment and their parents and carers, talking to other people about an eye condition can cause concern. We look at preparing for a conversation and some factors to consider.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and available support, this podcast looks at the challenges of isolation and anxiety.
Managing a child’s behaviour can sometimes be difficult for parents and families, but lockdown and other restrictions have presented new challenges to cope with. In this podcast, we look at behaviour specific to a child with a vision impairment and the strategies you can use if you need to manage behaviour in difficult circumstances.
Finding out a child has a vision impairment can lead to varying emotional responses. We look at these and explore some practical advice in how to support the whole family.
Podcasts Series 2
The early years are critical for a child’s development; this is when lasting bonds with caregivers are formed. In this podcast, we discuss the impact of vision impairment on early development and what parents and carers can do to support their child.
Any child can experience bullying. We use this podcast to discuss the impact it can have on the whole family and suggest ways in which parents and carers can support their child when facing these challenges.
Following the Confidence, resilience and self-esteem episode in our first podcast series, we delve a little deeper into this topic and explore some of the transition and developmental stages that might have an impact on a child or young person’s confidence.
In this podcast, we discuss the impact of vision impairment on social development. We explore how positive friendships support development and suggest ways in which parents and carers can help their child build healthy relationships.