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.
PERKINS SCHOOL Resources
Guidance Document on Vision Loss: Eligibility for EI and partnering with Perkins School for the Blind
A Parent’s Story
Presentation at the Interagency Coordinating Council – January 2016
Birth to Three – Optimizing Vision Development through Early Intervention
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:
- Frequently Asked Questions related to children’s vision care
- Information about insurance benefits for eye exams and eyeglasses
- Signs and symptoms of vision problems in children
- Vision conditions common in children
- List of ophthalmologists and optometrists statewide who care for children including those under 5 years old and who accept MassHealth insurance
- 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
- 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’s Vision of Massachusetts 2017 Resource Guide
With a list of eye doctors for children (including those under 5) accepting MassHealth and other Insurance Plans
- Supplement Eye Doctors for children under 5 years of age