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Movement & Development

One of the most important tasks for the parent of a blind child is to get the child moving. Movement brings the child into contact with objects and people in the world. Contact with the world stimulates many aspects of the child's development—language, curiosity, problem solving, concept development, social interaction. Perhaps most important of all, contact with the world helps the child learn that he or she can be an active participant in the world, not just a passive one, a doer, not a done-to-er. It's important for the child to go to the world, not always to have the world brought to him or her. This is true for the child with additional disabilities as well as the child who is "just blind."

The information in this section will help parents get their young blind children going.



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