teaching student with ocular albinism and Pervasive Developmental D/O

Discussion in 'Optometry Archives' started by Bill, Aug 5, 2005.

  1. Bill

    Bill Guest

    I teach at a small, non-profit, alternative school with a student with
    ocular albinism and pervasive developmental disorder. I am researching
    teaching methods to more effectively present academic material to her.
    Could someone point me in the right direction? Thanks.
    Bill, Aug 5, 2005
  2. Bill

    Dr Judy Guest

    Is there a school for the blind in your area? You might want to consult
    with their teachers. Ocular albanism can result in quite a broad range of
    visual deficients from minor to major. You will need to know what the best
    corrected acuity of your student is in order to know what kind of materials
    to use.

    Does your local association for the blind provide assessment for children
    and provide assistive devices? Has the student been assessed by a low
    vision specialist? The results of those assessments should provide guidance
    to you as well.

    Dr Judy
    Dr Judy, Aug 6, 2005
  3. Bill

    drfrank21 Guest

    Bill, I'm not that familiar with pervasive dev disorders other than
    it being associated with autism/mutism. As far as ocular albinism,
    the main deficits are extreme light sensitivity and possible reduced
    visual acuity (possible strabismus). Many people with ocular albinism
    already have very dark tinted glasses and, depending upon her level
    of overall visual acuity, large print books and large printing on the
    blackboard may be of help. There's an organization I believe is called
    NOAH (Natl Organization for Albinism and Hypopigmentation) that could
    be of additional help.

    drfrank21, Aug 6, 2005
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