Embrace Technology

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.)

One way to stay connected with your grandchild is to embrace technology.

Children of all ages are comfortable using the computer and would enjoy receiving emails and texts from grandma or grandpa.

Long-distance grandparents can also stay connected through Skype or FaceTime.

Surprise your grandchild with a new game or app that you have discovered. There are many accessible apps for the visually impaired.

Pull out your iPhone or iPad and invite your grandchild to play!

Even though communicating through technology is almost a must in today’s world, don’t forget that your grandchild most desires special time and attention from you.

Learn what he or she is interested in. Sit down and have a face-to-face conversation.

Encourage dialog with open-ended questions such as “What did you do in Lego Club today?” Your grandchild will long remember how grandma or grandpa listened.

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