Sleeping Habits of Visually Impaired Children
There should be a quiet, relaxed period before bedtime that lets a child settle down rather than an exciting one that leaves him all keyed up and tense.
Children seldom go to sleep immediately upon being put down for the night anyway, and the more they are wound up, the longer it takes them to become drowsy. If, however, they go to bed in a calm quiet way, they will sing or talk to themselves for a little while and then drift off to sleep.
they will cuddle a loved toy for a while or listen to soothing music from a musical toy box that plays for a short time when wound up.
Since, on the whole, visually handicapped children are not as active as normal seeing ones, they may appear to need less sleep. It may take them longer to get to sleep than it does other children.
This does not mean, however, that they do not need plenty of rest and a regular sleeping pattern. They must have their naps and an early bedtime just the way other children have theirs.
It is particularly important for a blind child to follow a regular sleeping schedule since it is easy for him to confuse night and day and, thereby, mate real problems for his family and himself.
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When considering a regular routine, you need to remember that the time your child sleeps is important for you.
You need this time for rest, relaxation, and to take care of the many things that you cannot manage while he is awake.
He will not be disturbed by the ordinary sounds of living in the home if he has been accustomed to them from his early infancy, so do not start trying to keep your home perfectly quiet when he is in bed.
As with any child, there will be times when he is wakeful. Check to be sure that he is not ill and that he is not uncomfortable from something sticking, poking, or hurting him. If all is well in these ways, relax, but be firm with him about settling down. Know that this is another way in which he is following the pattern of all children.
He happens not to be very sleepy so will try you out to see if he can persuade you to pick him up, rock him, let him play, or do any of the things you are tempted to do to quiet him. If there really is nothing the matter with him and you let him have his way, you are only creating problems for him and yourself.
Be consistent in holding to a schedule and remain calmly, pleasantly firm about it if you want your child to rest well and be a happy alert baby when it is time for him to be awake and busy.
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Sleeping Habits of Visually Impaired Children Article Source : This article courtesy should goes to Guide for parents of preschool visually handicapped childrens by Dorothy Bryan.