Vision Services

If You Think Your Child Has a Vision Loss

 

Some of a child’s most important learning takes place in the first three years.  A vision loss may affect your child’s development.  If you are concerned about your child’s vision, it is important to speak with someone who can answer your questions and help you locate the specialized services your family needs.

 

Infants and toddlers use all their senses (vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch) to explore their world and develop important learning skills.  For most young children, playing with toys, learning to crawl and walk, and building relationships occur as a natural part of development.

 

For children who have a vision loss or impairment, early identification, treatment, and educational intervention is crucial because of their unique learning needs. If your child is blind or visually impaired, many aspects of his/her development (such as social and motor skills) may be affected.

 

Specialized services are available to help you learn how to teach your child to explore the environment, to create opportunities for learning, and to stimulate his/her development.


Brochure Vision loss 2014

Continue the Journey vision loss 2014

Continuing the Journey vision loss.Spanish

SSP support in EI playgroups

NEWLY REVISED: Starting Points for Service Coordinators – Vision Loss

 

PERKINS SCHOOL Resources

Perkins October 2016 Webinar

Specialty Services-Vision

Guidance Document on Vision LossEligibility for EI and partnering with Perkins School for the Blind

Perkins Referral Form

 

A Parent’s Story

Erin DiSanto describes the importance of vision care for her young child in the video Developing Eyes   

 

 

Presentation at the Interagency Coordinating Council – January 2016

Birth to Three – Optimizing Vision Development through Early Intervention

Geomap for eye exams

Video of child seeing Mother’s face for the first time

 

WonderBaby Website through Perkins School for the Blind

    • WonderBaby parents provide much of the website’s content. They are not just passive observers or consumers of information; many site users comment on articles, answer questions in the Q&A forum, and share hyperlinks to net resources. Some submit original articles. It’s in this sharing that WonderBaby earns much of its authenticity.

 

The Resource Guide includes:

  1. Frequently Asked Questions related to children’s vision care
  2. Information about insurance benefits for eye exams and eyeglasses
  3. Signs and symptoms of vision problems in children
  4. Vision conditions common in children
  5. List of ophthalmologists and optometrists statewide who care for children including those under 5 years old and who accept MassHealth insurance
  6. Attachment two is a list of hospitals and health centers with providers who care for children including those under 5 years old and who accept MassHealth insurance
  7. Attachment three is a supplement to the Guide’s provider list. The provider list is a work in progress.  Please send edits/additions as the list will be updated regularly.  The Guide will print as a 5.5”x8.5” booklet (click booklet on ‘print’ screen) and attachments two and three are designed to be printed as 2 sided and then inserted in the centerfold of the booklet.

Children with Vision Loss Resource Guide