Walking Development in Visually Impaired Children

OVERVIEW

Although vision does not affect muscle use, lack of vision can indirectly affect a child’s ability to walk. According to the nonprofit Blind Children Center, “Without special training, fully capable infants who are visually impaired may not learn to crawl or walk at an appropriate age and gross and fine motor skills will not properly develop.” Parents and therapists can help the child to overcome these obstacles and speed up learning of walking and other gross motor skills.

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Speech and Tongue Development in Children

INTRODUCTION

Children start to develop speech as infants and continue to develop rapidly until they start school. During the elementary school years children go from forming short sentences in kindergarten to making oral presentations to their fifth grade classes. They develop not only a greater vocabulary but the capacity to use metaphor, emotion and nonverbal communication to enhance their speech.

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