Jan 31 2012

8 Tips to Share With Parents Whose Children Have A Color Deficiency

Written by P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Ed.D.
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- Categories: Color Vision | Good-Lite | Preschool vision screening | School vision screening

Color Deficiency

Front-line vision screeners oftentimes share information with a child’s teacher about how to assist the child in a classroom. Today’s Blog post will provide information with front-line screeners to share with parents of children who are diagnosed with a color deficiency.

Terrace L. Waggoner, OD, color vision specialist and father of a child with color deficiency provides the following 8 tips on his web site:

  1. After you come to the conclusion that your child is colorblind, do not ask them, "What color is this?" anymore. It is not only degrading but will more than likely become a pet peeve of theirs.
  2. If you find out that your child has a color vision deficiency, let them know what it is and tell them it will only hinder them as much as they let it.
  3. Pick out a few outfits and ask the child to pick which outfit they want to wear if the child wants to dress him or herself. It empowers the child. Kids will be kids, so teasing may occur at school if they wear what they choose and it doesn't match. Please be aware of this. It occurred to me quite often but I was so oblivious that it went over my head.
  4. Don't dwell on careers or hobbies that the color vision deficient child may not be able to do (Ex. pilot or boat captain). More than likely the child wouldn't have even wanted to go into those specific careers. Focus on the can dos and not the cannots! When I was in kindergarten, the administration believed I had a learning disability. I now have two Masters' degrees and will more than likely pursue a Ph.D. Empower your children.
  5. When the child begins school, go discuss with the teachers that your child is colorblind. You can then give them tips on how to help your child.
  6. Don't try to pressure your child into learning their colors. It is impossible and degrading to the child because they feel that it is their fault for their inability to distinguish colors.
  7. If for some reason you must use color-coding for something, also label whatever it is that is color-coded. Otherwise, it will take the child quite a bit of time to find anything in your color-coded "organization".
  8. When purchasing coloring utensils (crayons, markers, etc), make sure that you purchase utensils that have the color labeled on them.

For more information, visit Dr. Waggoner’s web site at: www.testingcolorvision.com

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