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Working With Blind Children

By: Jack Claridge - Updated: 26 Feb 2016 | comments*Discuss
 
Blind Children Visually Impaired Teacher

There are many different aspects to working with children but perhaps one of the most challenging and likewise most rewarding is that of working with blind children.

In working with blind children the challenges are not just to help them but to do so without them feeling as though they are incapable of doing things for themselves. In addition you should also be in a position to treat them in exactly the same manner as you would a child whose vision is not impaired.

Teaching

If you are a fully qualified teacher then you may wish to specialise in terms of the areas in which you teach. If you wish to work with children who are visually impaired or blind then you could perhaps think of working in a school that deals specifically with children suffering from these conditions.

In working in such an environment there is no specialist training required other than being a qualified teacher. A level of teaching experience is obviously expected but there is no limit beyond this as to whether you can or cannot work with such children.

If you have taken up such a post then you must have completed successfully after a period of three years a course in sensory or visual impairment which are run by the Department of Education and Skills (DFES).

Teaching Assistant

Sometimes referred to as a Learning Support Assistant (LSA) a Teaching Assistant may offer one to one assistance in the same way as they might offer assistance to an able bodied child. This assistance may include helping them with lessons and also helping with the preparation of classroom materials.

Practical assistance such as setting up equipment and helping to prepare Braille text are also required.

A Teaching Assistant may find it useful to have experience with Braille text and/or visual and sensory awareness. If they do not and wish to become a Teaching Assistant working with the visually impaired or the blind then they can take a course in the relevant aspects of such work with the Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB).

Child Care

There are a number of residential schools in the United Kingdom dealing with the education and care of visually impaired or blind children. These schools required care staff who can not only look after the children whilst in school but also during out of school activities or after school hours.

These staff can also be called upon to offer assistance within the confines of the classroom as well and may double up as Teaching Assistants.

There is no qualification for experience for such a role although some schools do ask that their applicants have a grounding in social care or a Nursery Nurse qualification.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This is a mandatory check that all applicants must be subject to prior to being made a firm offer of employment. The purpose of this check is to ensure that any individual wishing to work with children, the elderly or individuals considered to be vulnerable are eligible to do so and that they do not have any criminal convictions that may constitute working with such groups as a risk.

Every applicant must pass this check successfully before any firm offer of employment is entered into and if you are interested in such work you can obtain such a check yourself from the Criminal Records Bureau although the prospective employer does have the right to instigate their own checks if they wish.

For further information on working with visually impaired or blind children visit the Royal National Institute for the Blind's (RNIB) website at www.rnib.org.uk.

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Thank you so much for your answer . I'm sorry it was not my attention to offend you I'm really sorry. Thank you so much for your answer it help me lot .
Lullu - 26-Feb-16 @ 10:44 PM
Lullu - Your Question:
I have experience in children 8 hears in Nursery, two hears with voluntary disability children , working one to one with difficulty in communication Language All course of Sign Language Makaton I have the diploma in Child Care Learning Development Level 3. I have experience with Autistic Children and Deaf and I have lot interesting to work wit Blind Children. Yes I don't have the qualification to work with Blind Children but is possible to work like support worker /Care and in the same time do all the training by your company? Thank you for your time Miss Luisella Dettori

Our Response:
I'm afraid we are not a company. If you want to work with blind children and gain experience, then you might want to consider volunteering - please see Do-It link here which will tell you if there are any such opportunities in your area.
WorkingWithKids - 22-Feb-16 @ 12:11 PM
I have experience in children 8 hears in Nursery, two hears with voluntary disability children , working one to one with difficulty in communication LanguageAll course of Sign Language Makaton i have the diploma in Child Care Learning Development Level 3. I have experience with Autistic Children and Deaf and i have lot interesting to work wit Blind Children . Yes i don't have the qualification to work with Blind Children but is possible to work like support worker /Care and in the same time do all the training by your company? Thank you for your time Miss Luisella Dettori
Lullu - 21-Feb-16 @ 1:25 PM
I would like to voluntary work with the blind
shell - 18-Aug-15 @ 8:02 PM
i am interested in learning braille but where do i go, how, when???
miss kim - 12-Dec-12 @ 11:55 AM
Hi, I am a qualified childminder looking at expanding my skills. I am looking into working with blind children and would like to know what kind of qualifications I would need to do this. Thank you Laurie
mccarten83 - 18-Jun-12 @ 2:21 PM
I have just finished my English Literature degree and graduating this summer, I have decided however before taking the pgce course to become qualified English teacher I would like to gain vital experience within a classroom. I have only two weeks experience within a school so am finding it difficult to find a poistion within a school. So I am looking for voluntary work, any positions that involve working with children. Have you any advice as my efforts have seemed fruitless the past month.
stacey - 20-May-11 @ 6:06 PM
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