Be Engaged

This suggestion is part of a longer piece by Debbie Worman, M.A., a faculty member at The Hadley School for the Blind. (Read Debbie’s intro.)

As you learn new skills and become aware of adaptations, incorporate them into your interactions with your grandchild.

If you enjoy taking walks with your grandchild, teach him or her the sighted guide technique, or show him or her how you can use your white cane to travel independently.

If reading print becomes more and more difficult, consider reading to your grandchild using a larger font size on your Kindle or other reading device.

If you are learning braille, seek out books that are in print and braille. You and your grandchild can take turns reading.

One of the greatest pleasures shared by a grandparent and grandchild can be reading time.

An older grandchild would enjoy your presence at his or her hockey game or dance recital. Even if you aren’t able to follow all the action visually, your grandchild will know you are there cheering him or her on.

Consider starting new traditions with your grandchild.

One grandmother who no longer felt comfortable traveling to her grandchildrens’ home out of state, invited each grandchild to “Grandma’s Day Camp.”

Each grandchild was invited individually to spend one week each summer at grandma’s house. This special one-to-one time provided an unique opportunity to bond.

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