This video shows how to go guided running with a person with visual impairment.
PE teacher Caren Bryce says running can be a scary thing for people with visual impairment.
“We have to remember as a guide, that the runner will have the fear of not knowing where they’re going and also have that hesitance that they will be bashed or run into something.
"So we should always be aware of that and keep them calm at all times and build on that trust.”
Five tips for guided running with a person with visual impairment:
1) Don’t assume prior knowledge.
2) Discuss what you are about to do.
3) Listen to how the runner is feeling.
4) Start slow and gradually build pace.
5) Respond to the runner’s style.
Caren says using an elbow grip can be a good way to build trust with a young person.
“It’s important for the guide to be in charge for safety, but in order for the successful in guide running the guider must really listen to the visually impaired person.
“The running tether can help a person with visual impairment to run at a faster pace and feel confident that they’re supported and will stay safe as they run down the track.”
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