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How can I help my child with glaucoma in the classroom?

If you are the parent of a child with glaucoma, it is important to work closely with your school staff and the educational system to insure that the needs of your child are met.

Explore what resources are available in your area. In many communities throughout the country, special education funding and services are provided to meet the needs of visually impaired children.

Tips For Your Child in the Classroom:

  • To avoid glare, teach your child to sit with his or her back to the windows or other bright light.
  • Educational materials should be presented against a simple background. Keep the work area uncluttered.
  • Talk with the teacher about flexible seating, especially if visual props are used. For your child, that may mean moving closer to the front of the classroom.
  • Encourage the use of materials with high contrast and bold writing.
  • During outdoor playtime, teach your child to use sunglasses and hats. Even overcast days can cause glare in the eyes.
  • Have your child wear protective goggles during activities.
  • Include ideas that enhance your child’s learning style and ability. If needed, use a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) for enlarging print.
  • If you have any areas of concern, consult with an educator, occupational therapist or low vision specialist to evaluate your child’s home and school environment. These evaluations can give you essential information about your child’s areas of strength as well as areas that need support services.
  • Develop a support system with your family and friends. Also, look into community groups and agencies that provide support groups and other resources.

Last reviewed on August 23, 2012

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