Parent’s, and caregivers of our blind children; you will need a lot of support and resources to help you along this journey. I totally understand your need to want answers as to how to seek help and the importance of knowing what lies ahead for your child. It is absolutely imperative to find the support you need; as well as learning all that you can about your child’s disability and education. I know that at first this will all seem overwhelming, but it is extremely helpful to communicate with parents that are raising a blind child.

When Justin was an infant, I would often ask other parents of sighted children how long would it take for my son to sleep all night? The responses that I would receive were, “give it six months and he will soon be sleeping without awakening in the middle of the night.” I waited for the six months and still Justin would not sleep as I was told he would. At the time of asking the other parents about the sleep, I wasn’t aware that blind children’s sleep patterns are not the same as a child that can see. However, I soon realized that yes there is a big difference because there is no distinction of day and night. The first five years of Justin’s life we slept as if he was still an infant. The daily routine plays a part in the sleep, such as tiring him out with play and no naptime.

I am amazed at how the blindness is second nature to Justin. He would often go around the house clapping his hand. I often wondered why he never ran into anything. I soon found out by observing him that each object in the house had a different sound and helped him maneuver without bumping into things. There is nothing I can do around Justin that he is not aware. This little guy knows the sound of the thermometer, and will raise his arm so that I can get his temperature. He even knows the sound of me taking the top off of the enema box. 🙂 Justin knows that I do not like him standing on the rail of the bed; therefore when he hears my shoes coming down the hall he immediately gets down. I have to talk and explain every little detail with Justin; this in fact helps with him knowing what I’m doing and why. Justin’s hands, nose and ears are his eyes and these parts of the body help him function daily.

There are things that we take for granted being sighted. However; Justin is very appreciative of the sunlight hitting his face, the sound of nature, and his love for music. These are just a few things that I often find myself taking for granted. When I look at him and how he smiles when he feels the sunlight; it makes me appreciate being able to actually see the sun. When I hear him imitating the birds; I find myself taking a few minutes to listen. I am embracing Justin’s blindness and learning to appreciate him every day; as well as my ability to see the things that he can only hear, smell and touch.

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God fearing, loving mother to an awesome young man. Enjoying what I do! Although I'm not the greatest teacher, however raising a child with special needs has given me more degrees than any college university you could think of.

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