Your family’s relationship with your toddler

It may take time for your family to get used to your toddler’s condition and they may react in different ways.

You can help them to understand your vision impaired child’s needs. They’ll also learn from the way you behave with your child.

How other children in the family react may depend on how old they are. Some may feel jealous of the attention their sibling gets. To help with this you could:

  • explain that your vision impaired child needs extra help
  • include them wherever possible in joint activities
  • spend planned one to one time with the person who feels jealous

Siblings may benefit by learning to accept people with differences.

Other family members, like grandparents, may also take time to learn how to interact with your vision impaired child. Explain to them what works for your child and help them to learn with you.


RSBC’s Family Support Service can help you with:

  • practical advice about your child’s development
  • support when you feel overwhelmed
  • understanding your child’s vision impairment better
  • living as a family and being supportive of each other

Call us on 0203 198 0225 or email:

Published: December 2017 

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