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March 15th, 2008, 05:28 AM
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hello, i was just wondering if any of you could give me some tips as to things i can do with zachariah for play? i rattle things and let him rattle, play music and bounce and tickle but just wondered if i could do some other things with his lack of sight as obviously he's not particularly good at entertaining himself and i'm sure at 3months i should be letting him do more i'm worried he is beginning to get bored.
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March 15th, 2008, 09:28 AM
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Hi,

I am not sure how acute is the vision problem with your son but my son was almost blind uptil 6 months. He could only understand day and night. ( I hope so) We used to have a tough time too. We still do as he is still like 7 month old although he is 14 months old. He has a lot of other issues other than just vision. i have learnt that they are quite happy kicking their legs and turning their head. They do not smile and laugh always. If he is crying due to boredom then you have an issue. But I used to sing and play music. Crib mobile also occupies them long. Great that he can hold the rattle... then you can experiment with different kind of rattles. I bought a bracelet kind of thingey with lots of bells. So everytime Rishi kicked it would make sound. That thing taught him to roll.
This is all that i can remember now. Yeah stuffed toys are good too. Play with textures. Everything is safe untill they learn to mouth objects.

Hope this helps
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March 17th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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I agree anything with textures is good, teach him to explore with his fingers. Also, if he has light perception, which I am pretty sure he does, you may want to look into any toy that lights up. Those are huge motivators for VI kids. Especially ones that light up and play music. They are great. Also look for anything that is high contrast with bright colors. You do not want anything that is very busy. Simple designs work best so they can really focus on it and find what they need. If its too busy then they get lost and don't know what to do.Basically, anything you can think of to get him motivated to explore his environment and his surroundings.
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March 20th, 2008, 06:56 PM
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The vision therapist used to bring board books, mardi gras beads, textured toys, and little light up toys to play with him. I think those are ally really good for vision impaired kids.
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March 21st, 2008, 11:11 AM
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ROPARD.org used to have a page on toys for visually disabled children, but it's not loading for me today... I hope the site is still there! I'll keep checking for it!
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March 24th, 2008, 03:01 PM
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Honey wouldn't hold nefin for more than a few seconds, even at over 6 months, until the vision teacher visited, every time H dropped a toy she'd jingle it where it fell and back up to her, teachin her object perminance (sp!!!) and also was holding colourful n contrast fabric swatch things up for her to look at and then strokin it down her face and makin her laugh.

Honey also likes kissy noises and little games like sittin her on ur lap facin out then kissin one cheek then hidin behind her agn then kissin the other cheek, really makes her giggle.

How abt the old faves like round and round the garden, this little piggy etc, all quite touchy.

I know exactly what u mean, I dont know how to play with Honey either.
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March 25th, 2008, 03:51 AM
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thank you everyone, i just looked up ropard.org , looks like they've got some good ideas there, thank you.
it is very hard, contact games are quite easy but sometimes i desperately need him to entertain himself so that i can get on with the boring household chores etc.
Well i'm going to see what else i can do and with any luck his eyesight will improve and we'll find even more entertainment soon.

Just wondering, am i expecting too much for him as a 3month+ old (4month on April3rd) just difficult to judge as i'm not around other babies much. i can't tell if he's meant to be doing nothing or whether it is around now he should be lapping up all the things going on around him.

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March 25th, 2008, 06:56 AM
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My son was taking everything in from a week old.

Honey likes her bouncey chair, music and stuff when I'm doing housework (pretty rare occurence though! LOL!)

When dya next c the VISTA??
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March 26th, 2008, 03:56 AM
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zachariah is not really interested in his bouncy chair i think i must have bought one that is too sturdy as he just hasn't got that it bounces yet! he's worked out that i do if he cries loud enough though! heehee!

Vista appointment is not going to be booked until after i have the follow up with the specialist (April 15th) so until then i'm on my own really as they're on easter holidays!

how about you are your vista appointments more regular then?

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March 26th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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The Ropard page is back up now... the system must have been backed up the day I tried accessing it.. they have some links and ideas :

http://ropard.org/toys_for_visualy_i...d_children.php

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