Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 66.4 FALL 2021

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66 Issue 4 DeMarquis Hayes, Texas A&M University - Commerce, demarquis.hayes@tamuc.edu Children with visual impairments often have hidden disabilities that are not so easily seen. Not only must they deal with the physical and practical challenges associated with their visual impairments, but they also often must contend with the difficulties associated with increased emotional and/or psychological problems that arise from their visual impairments. Research frequently suggests that children with visual impairments have more emotional problems than do their sighted peers (Brunes et al., 2015; Harris & Lord, 2016). Chief among these are increased levels of anxiety and depression (Augestad, 2017). Anxiety is the most common emotional difficulty experienced by both children and adults (Loftin, 2016). According to the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) 2% - 27% of school age children have significant difficulties with anxiety. In 2017 the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) reported that approximately 13.3% or 3.2 million adolescents ages 12 to 17 had a major depressive episode in the past The Invisible Disability: Mental Health Concerns in Children with Visual Impairment

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