Evaluating School-Aged Children with Visual Disabilities

  • Diane Beaseley Whitaker
  • Elana M. Scheiner


There is no aspect of a child’s development that is unaffected by vision. Interpreting or localizing targets is much easier for those items visual in nature as compared with other sensory perceptions. This chapter outlines low-vision rehabilitation (LVR) early diagnosis and intervention procedures for children with visual conditions, low vision, and blindness. We place emphasis on a discussion of evaluation and treatments that will be useful for parents and caregivers of children with special health care needs (CSHCN). Early intervention, usually at the time of diagnosis of ocular disease is necessary to prevent needless frustration and anxiety for the child and their parents about their prognosis for continued visual functioning, no matter the level. All of a child’s healthcare providers should play a collaborative and supportive role during a child’s developmental years to insure each one meets their unique and optimal potential so that they may grow into well-rounded, fully functional adults who are able to participate in and contribute to society in a meaningful way.


Contrast Sensitivity Child With Special Health Care Need Vision Rehabilitation Ophthalmia Neonatorum Ocular Albinism 
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Department of Motor Vehicles


Individualized Education Program


Low Vision Rehabilitation


Motor Vehicle Accidents


North Carolina Association for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments


No Infra-Red light filter


Orientation and Mobility Specialist


Occupational Therapist


Preferred Retinal Locus


Teacher of the Visually Impaired




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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Duke University Eye CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Family Eye Care of ApexApexUSA

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