Social-emotional aspects of visual impairment

A practitioner’s perspective

Authored by: Joao Roe

The Routledge Handbook of Visual Impairment

Print publication date:  March  2019
Online publication date:  March  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138085411
eBook ISBN: 9781315111353
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315111353-19

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Abstract

Social-emotional development has a significant impact on children’s well-being and academic achievement. This chapter considers the impact of vision impairment on social-emotional development from an early age and what adults need to be aware of when promoting development in this area. It addresses issues such as facilitating positive interactions, teaching social skills effectively, providing realistic feedback and promoting self-determination and independence. It includes the views of young people with vision impairment as well as those of peripatetic/itinerant teachers supporting them on what works well and what can be challenging. This chapter concludes with a range of strategies that promote inclusion and the development of social-emotional competence in educational settings.

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