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.
- Always use the young person’s name so they know who you are talking to.
- Introduce yourself by name.
- 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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