Encouraging a Child with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment to Wear Eyeglasses
- Be prepared for the process to take time. Gentle perseverance and rewards for compliance will pay off in the end. But it may take weeks, months, or, in extreme cases, years for full-time wear.
- Begin with wearing the eyeglasses for a favorite activity such as eating, watching a special movie, or playing a game. The activity should be short at first and stopped when the spectacles come off.
- The length of time the spectacles are worn can be extended through positive reinforcement, such as compliments on the look of the spectacles and praise for keeping the eyeglasses on during a specific activity.
- Aim for a teaching approach that will make the child feel as if it is a treat when the eyeglasses are on and a disappointment when they are off.
- Make sure that the eyeglasses are comfortable. The fit and adjustment of the spectacles should be monitored on an ongoing basis.
- Do not turn the process into a battle because, in all likelihood, the child will win.