A lot of the communication that people use is non-verbal, using facial expressions and body language. 

Young people with visual impairment can often find socially communicating with others challenging.

However, there are techniques to use to remedy this issue.

Key points:

  1. Always use the young person’s name so they know who you are talking to.
  2. Introduce yourself by name.
  3. Make sure they know when you leave.

It is a good idea to say a person's name to specify who you are addressing.

For example, if people say “what do you think?” – but don’t specify who they are talking to – it is not always clear who is being addressed.

This can also be quite difficult for people with visual impairment to know when it is their turn to speak, or not -– particularly if someone is speaking to many people.

It is also helpful for someone to say hello/goodbye when you enter/leave.

Contact Sight Scotland for support or advice about educating children and young people with visual impairment.

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