“How can I tell if the person whom I’m talking to is getting displeased?”
“I don’t enjoy going shopping for clothes as I can’t see what would be suitable or fashionable to get.”
“It’s just too noisy during recess so I’d rather just chill out in the classroom by myself.”
“Do people in the “seeing world” understand what I need or what my limitations are?”

Getting to the Heart of the Matter
The implications of having low vision impact not only the persons with the impairment but the family and the wider community as well. The visually-impaired person manages a well-defined internal and external world. The flow of information between the two worlds is not as seamless as it is for persons without vision impairment. Assessment of situations, problem-solving and judgement calls are often affected. Difficulties in reading social cues can be a struggle and a cause for embarrassment for visually-impaired individuals. Oftentimes if struggles are daunting, the way of coping could be taking the “easy way out” and avoidance.

The counselling therapists with Morning Star Community Services, work with children and youth to:

  • Increase personal effectiveness and competencies such as increased self-awareness, resilience, and assertiveness.
  • Facilitate problem-solving and informed decision making as well as the utilisation of external and internal resources.
  • Foster an individual’s and family’s positive coping with stigmas, stress, challenges and/or critical incidents to achieve positive emotional regulation.
  • Facilitate understanding of relationship dynamics and provide skills required to grow and maintain attunement and positive family relationships.
  • Assist clients and families in managing various issues such as parenting, parent-child conflict, depression, anxiety, and anger expression among others.
  • Support families in accessing a network of resources needed to deal with psychiatric, psychological assessments, financial, housing, and legal stressors and issues.

The therapist will also organise or participate in case conferences with the individual’s family, school and other health care professionals as a team, so that the child’s or youth’s emotional and relational needs are supported in its entirety.

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