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It's feels very odd to be 'socially isolated' on purpose, but socially isolated I am because I'm an 'at risk case' for Covid 19.

What a change! No more going into town, no social events and no more visiting friends (for the present at least).

Yet it has to be done if we are to do as China has done and turn the situation around as quickly as possible with minimum risk to life.

If you're reading this, you may well be in the same position as I am, but with a child with cerebral visual impairment to entertain and look after as well.

So I'm sitting here writing, aiming to come up with the 10 things I'd need to think about, if I was looking after a young child at home as well. (Ours is 16 and independent).

All children...

  • pick up on and react to our emotions. So we need to be positive and calm while we're with them. Here in Scotland there is a saying that your 'bottle of whiskey can be either half empty or half full'! The key is to think the 'half full' way. What's good about this situation? Let's make the best of it! (Easier said than done of course.) A calm positive approach reaps dividends.
  • can become worried, confused or scared. It's important to recognise and accept this. It helps a lot when they can come to know why thy have these feelings because they...
  • need to understand what is happening to them. Simple clear explanation is needed, matched to the child's ability to master the information.
  • want to understand what the future holds. This situation is going to come to an end. They need to know this.
  • do best and learn well when they are happy. Keeping a sense of humour even in dark times is key. Of course, they learn from our behaviours too. They respond well to praise, but badly to criticism.
  • need structure and routines. They can't be left to their own devices for long. They need to be given things to do.
  • need to be able to play. They learn best from their own experiences, especially through play.
  • thrive when outside in the open. If there is an opportunity and it is permissible to get out into open spaces then it needs to be grasped (but with the social distancing that is needed - a challenge!).
  • need variety to prevent boredom.
  • want and need to learn. Every new experience can be turned into a learning opportunity.

Children with cerebral visual impairment are no exception!

Although we are now physically apart, we're all in this together.

Knowing this we can all do our bit to turn the situation round. Ensuring that our children are safe, happy, learning and well looked after, is one of the most important things we can do.

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