Ahhh…He’s sleeping: Dealing with public perception

Ronan has very limited light perception and therefore rarely opens his eye very much. It is a common occurrence that when people see him snuggled on my back, they say, “Ahhh…He’s sleeping. How sweet.” Some people poke their heads this way and that to try and get a good look at his face so that they can reassure me that he is asleep. While I can’t see his face in this position, I know that he is not asleep because he wiggles his toes against my side and runs his hand along my arm inside our shared coat. Others say, … Read more

Rockin’ Ronan likes to rock: vestibular stimulation

Ronan has liked to rock forwards and backwards from the moment he could sit well around five months old.  Our QTVI – qualified teacher of the visually impaired – quickly told us that this is normal in blind babies. She explained that this satisfies the need for vestibular stimulation. This is the soothing stimulation that young babies get from being carried and sighted toddlers get from moving through space (e.g. walking). The Vestibular System, located in the inner ear, contributes to balance and a sense of spatial orientation, providing important information related to movement and head position. The vestibular sense … Read more