In the U.K. about 2 children between 1 and 4 per thousand may have an educationally significant vision impairment. Some 38% of the sensory impaired population will have multiple needs arising from one or more sensory loss and/or other learning needs. The incidence of hearing and visual loss is low, diverse and uneven.
The impact of a significant sensory loss upon the child and family can be substantial. The importance of early detection and management will help to reduce the impact of the condition on the child's overall development. The success of many children in a wide range of educational establishments is testimony to the potential which can be realised.
Vision Impaired Pre-School groups
We run a pre-school group for children with a vision impairment in Wokingham called 'Busy Bees'. We are slowly reintroducing our face to face sessions at Building for the Future, Wokingham and continuing with our virtual sessions. At the end of the play and craft sessions we sing songs and we have some group games so that the children can begin to play with each other and can get to know each other's names.
Further information about these groups can be obtained from either your own VI teacher or from Nicoleta Carnuta 07823 533019 or Sandy Piper 07973 816348. Sessions are relaxed and friendly. Any child with a vision impairment is welcome to attend, and this includes children with a mild vision impairment, children who are severe sight impaired and children who have complex difficulties. Often siblings will also come along and join in the activities. Please click for more details:
For families in the East of Berkshire, pre-school vision impaired pupils are invited to attend the Sensory Consortium Service 'Chatty Monkeys' Pre-School Group. This is held on alternate Tuesdays at Chalvey Grove Children's Centre, Slough from 1.00pm to 2.45pm
Vision Impairment Parent Pack
This document has been designed by the Sensory Consortium Service to provide additional information to that already available from the Early Support Family Pack. It is particularly relevant for families with a new diagnosis at pre-school age.