Child care providers may have many opportunities to notice if a child is having trouble seeing. Children who are having trouble with their vision may not focus their eyes well, or may not look directly at people when talking to them. Sometimes child care providers may notice only a few signs of a vision problem; in other cases, they may see many different signs.
The following signs may suggest that a child has a visual disability. Child care providers should pay attention when a child
Remember that young children's vision develops very quickly. If there is a serious concern, it is best not to take a "wait and see" approach. If you notice any signs of concern, write down what you observe and share the concerns with the child's family right away. Encourage parents to take the child to a doctor for a check-up. Getting professional help early for children can make a tremendous difference in quality of life and in their later development. The Tips for Child Care Providers to Communicate Concerns about Children's Development with Parents article has suggestions on how to approach parents with your concerns.
For more information on supporting children with special needs in a child care program, check out the eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care section on Child Care for Children with Special Needs, or take a look at the article Adapting the Child Care Environment for Children with Special Needs. To find specific ways to support children with visual disabilities in the child care environment, see Specific Ideas for Child Care Providers to Help Children with Visual Disabilities.