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Preschooler exploring objects in a classroomParents whose child is blind or visually impaired may wonder what effect blindness or impaired vision will have on development. Children who are blind or visually impaired are as unique and varied as any other group of children but may learn about the world in a slightly different way, therefore, developmental processes must be monitored and encouraged.

APSEA has Preschool Specialists in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to support the individual needs of children who are blind or visually impaired and their families during the critical development years of birth to age five. Through home visits and support in early childhood settings, APSEA itinerant teachers, with support from the Preschool Specialists, work with family members, care givers, and other professionals to create a program plan for learning and skill development for each child. This support includes helping the child transition from home/preschool to Primary.

The following links are to websites that support growth and development for preschool children with vision loss: