Posts Tagged "colour blindness"


Earlier this year, we discovered Little Robot is colour blind. From then on, things made sense. How he’d struggled to learn colours when we tried to teach him. Why he’d always draw in black or dark blue. Why he’d tell me his favourite colour was black.

It came as no big surprise to me, after all my brother is colour blind, my granddad was colour blind, it runs in the family. Though hearing those words made me sad. Had he ever felt frustrated, confused, even stupid because he couldn’t see colours the same as us and we didn’t know. That thought and one other upset me greatly at the time.

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Spring has sprung and, as the days are getting warmer, I find myself coming out of my winter hibernation and wanting to spend more time outside. Little Robot doesn’t enjoy playing in the garden very much, well actually, he does when he’s out there but it’s convincing him to get out there that’s tricky. Big Robot would happily spend most of his time outside, he loves it. I have fond memories of him exploring the garden when he was just two as I sat on the patio step feeding his newborn brother.

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Little Robots First Eye Test

Little Robots First Eye Test


Posted By on Thursday, 14 April, 2016

KidGearUK

Both my husband and I are speccy wearers so we both know the drill for having an eye test. Rock up at the opticians, look at some far away letters and tell them whether they are better or worse when viewed through different lenses. But how on earth do you do an eye test for a child? One who’s just started school and isn’t 100% at recognising all the letters of the alphabet when they’re right in front of him, let alone when they’re viewed from across the room with one eye covered.

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There’s No Other Love Like Brotherly Love


Posted By on Thursday, 24 March, 2016

As I drove with Big Robot in the car, shortly after we’d found out his little brother was colour blind, I realised I needed to tell him too. All brothers get grumpy at each other from time to time, sometimes the brotherly love is hard to spot, and I recalled times when Big Robot has grumpily informed his little brother that he’d got a colour wrong.

“He should know his colours by now!” he’d snap, half aimed at me and half to his little brother. I’d sigh, ask him to be more patient, Little Robot is still learning and we don’t get grumpy at someone trying to learn. This was before we knew, when I felt something wasn’t quite right but we didn’t know for certain. Now we do.

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My Colour Blind Boy – How he Sees the World

My Colour Blind Boy – How he Sees the World


Posted By on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016

KidGearUK

Little Robot is 4 and recently had a vision screening, Little Robot’s sight was found to be below average. Hardly surprising considering that virtually everyone in the family wears glasses for some reason or another. We’ll be going back for another test in a few weeks and hopefully after that we’ll know what’s wrong and what we need to do. Yesterday though, I also told the orthopist that I’d suspected Little Robot was colour blind.

My brother is colour blind, my grandfather was colour blind, my mum is a carrier for it, there was always a chance I was too. I thought back to all the times I tried to teach Little Robot colours, how his older brother immediately got it but Little Robot struggled. I thought back to how he used to tell me his favourite colour was black and how he has a short attention span when it comes to colouring books. Only last weekend he was telling me the red traffic light was orange, the weekend before a dark green pen and a brown pen were both the same according to his eyes.

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