It's not easy to explain color blindness to a 5-6 years old child in a good light, especially when most of the parents and teachers don't know much about it.
This animation will explain color blindness or color vision deficiency as a unique vision to children.
Most colorblind children will try to hide their condition for fear of being marked out as different. Many children feel embarrassed about not being able to choose the appropriate crayon or color of paint or to accurately describe things around them. Teachers need to educate all students on what color blindness is – it’s usually easier to be accepting of a problem when you understand what it is. You can share this video with your child's teacher to play it in the class (use this link without the title).
If your child was recently diagnosed with color blindness and you don't know much about it, there are a few things you need to learn first.
In childhood, challenges for children with color vision deficiency begin from an early age. Color is a form of communication that plays one of the major roles in memory training and information recognition in educational systems-kindergartens and schools.
Young students are expected to learn colors from the age of 4, and those who do not master this skill may be mistakenly diagnosed with learning disabilities or simply labeled as "inattentive" or "lazy" children.
Being able to see, name, and use colors correctly is a requirement for many school activities, homework, and examinations; it can make children fall behind on subjects, as well as affect their social communication skills.
Why Should Teachers Get Involved?
Colorblind students may fall behind in subjects where colors are a necessary part of learning, and recent research studies have shown that ‘color blindness’ has a deep effect on a child's psychology, if not treated well. It affects a child's confidence, and self-esteem, and the thought of ‘being different” can lead to a child’s behavioral issues like the feeling of embarrassment and social withdrawal.
You can share this article (Color Blindness Fact Sheet For Teachers/Schools) with your child's teacher to adapt the classroom environment for colorblind students.
If you live in America you can use the 504 Plan for Colorblind Students.
It is important for teachers to be aware of your child's condition in order to provide a suitable classroom environment and to make sure a child gets all the necessary materials in the correct color formula (appropriate whiteboard markers, color label stickers, color-free homework assignments/exams, etc). Unfortunately, the majority of the teachers around the world are not aware of what "colorblindness" is, or they simply do not know what to do about it.
Over time colorblind children can develop coping strategies to compensate for their vision deficiency, so unless teachers are there to accommodate their needs, the life of colorblind students can be unnecessarily difficult and confusing.
How to Explain Color Blindness for Children (CVD) | Animation
People with Unique Vision
This video was created by ColorWill, the first training company for the colorblind offering a variety of training courses, guidelines, and community.
Giving a Colorblind Child the Best Start in Life
A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR PARENTS/CHILDREN
If your child is colorblind, you need to learn more about his/her condition. If you don't take action now, in the future your child can face some challenges in communication, career opportunities, and self-confidence.
ColorWill created a guide for parents/children that gives you clear step-by-step guidance and advice on how to explain color blindness to your child, how to help them learn more about colors, and help you understand how your child sees the world.
Looking for all of the information can be an endless process of searching for the right source and the right information. We understand the frustration that parents feel, and the time and effort they put to help their child.
A step-by-step online training will help you and your child to live a happier life. Join the ColorWill online training as we examine and discuss ways to improve your child's experience of life. Click Here
This online course will be divided into three sections:
1. What do parents need to know?
● Parents Q&A
● Types Of Color Blindness
● Keep Calm and Don't Panic
● Do and don't As A Parent
● See From The Eyes Of A Colorblind Person
● Informative Videos About Light & Colors
● Top Useful Applications For CVD
● 25 Actions To Help Your Child
● 2 Action Steps - Game-training
● How to Share the News with Your Child?
● Additional Information about color blindness
2. Educational materials and videos for children
● Education For Children
● Color Blindness Explained for Children (Animation)
● Video about His/Her Unique Vision?
● Primary & Secondary Colors Musical Videos
● Color Of Things (Musical Video)
● Draw With Me (Musical Animation)
3. Tips for Teachers with Colorblind Students
Is There Any Cure for Colorblindness?
There are no preventative treatments as it's a genetic condition. However, for the past few years colored filters, spectacles, and contact lenses have been introduced to help alter someone's color perception.
Do Colorblind Glasses Work? There are a lot of articles on the internet, some do believe that the glasses work while others have the opposite opinion. If you ask "Can These Glasses Really Fix Color Blindness?" The answer is NO. But in some cases, it can help a colorblind person to distinguish between some colors like purple and blue, or brown and green color.