Identifying Mobility Visual Impairment

Wall collisions

Directionless walking

Age 22 months- walks in circles, quite no language

 

Unsteady, poor gait

Age 49 months

Walking at home without a mobility tool.

 

Age 8 years

Walking at home without a mobility tool.

Age 2 years

Walking at school without a mobility tool.

Age 2 years

Walking at school without a mobility tool.

 

Behaviors indicate mobility visual impairment

1. A fear of moving when physically able to bear weight.

2. A preference to hold on to an object or person to move across open space long after fifteen months of age.

3.  Poor gross motor skills such as:

  • delayed or poor gait, slow pace, and/or unbalanced posture

4.  Anxiety when walking including:

  • self-created taut extremities (hands like fists)

  • self-injurious hand rubbing, poking face (eyes, ears)

  • lack of walking, asks to be picked up and carried (hypotonia)

  • preference to push objects (chairs, toys) to cross space

 

His hands are held in high guard position. He walks 9 steps in 14 seconds. His fastest was 1.5 steps/sec.

Children his age should walk 3.2 steps/sec

Age 2 years

Walking at home without a mobility tool.

Age 3 years, moving about in slow circles. Poor gait, short duration-wants to return to sitting.

 

Anxiety

Age 3 years, being asked to leave the couch.

 

Age 5 years, being asked to cross open space without assistance.

 

Age 2 years, being asked to walk with assistance.

Scooting age three

 

Playing at home.

Kenedi walks three steps from her dad (seated on floor) to her mom (seated on floor), returns to her dad, falls and he helps her turn around and she walks back to her mom

Still cruising above one -year-old

At twenty-eight months old, Evan continues to use cruising as his primary means of walking.

Kenedi walks three steps from her dad (seated on floor) to her mom (seated on floor), returns to her dad, falls and he helps her turn around and she walks back to her mom

With lots of prompts, Reeti walks in contact with a wall.

This is not "trailing".

 

Crawling above the age of one year

Difficulty with stairs

 
Kenedi walks three steps from her dad (seated on floor) to her mom (seated on floor), returns to her dad, falls and he helps her turn around and she walks back to her mom

Walks with assistance

Kenedi walks three steps from her dad (seated on floor) to her mom (seated on floor), returns to her dad, falls and he helps her turn around and she walks back to her mom

Stationary play

 
Kenedi walks three steps from her dad (seated on floor) to her mom (seated on floor), returns to her dad, falls and he helps her turn around and she walks back to her mom

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