Identifying Mobility Visual Impairment
Unsteady, poor gait
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
Moving about in slow circles. Poor gait, short duration-wants to return to sitting.