When Ronan was first diagnosed with his eye condition, we looked everywhere for a guide. We read blogs and contacted parents, and of course, experienced things first hand. After a year, we feel much more confident as parents of a blind child.
Having reached this stage, we came across the following book which we had wished we had since day 1 — Reach Out and Teach: Helping Your Child Who is Visually Impaired Learn and Grow. While it is not cheap, it was worth the investment. You may also be able to borrow if from your QTVI if you’ve got one yet. The book begins with the whole process of acceptance, answering some of the questions we struggled with in the beginning. How do we tell people? How do we avoid their pity? What does it mean to raise a blind child? This book gives practical, concrete answers to this question. The second part of this book focuses on the development stages. It talks about each part of development (e.g. awareness, communication, physical development) and the stages through which the baby travels. It then gives exercises to encourage development. I found the example sentences for orienting a baby\child to its surroundings particularly useful as our speech patterns can be hard to reflect upon and change. I would highly recommend this book to new parents of a Visually Impaired child.