color blind

Tiffany - posted on 06/28/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )

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so today i took my almost 4 year old to the eye doctor. He has been having trouble with colors. So i took him just to make sure his vision was okay. . and they told me he cant see reds or greens and maybe yellow or blue that the older he gets the more he will be able to tell. Has anyone ever been through this anything i can do to help my little guys

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My Dad was colorblind...he actually found a job that let him USE his colorblind.
He was in the Army, during WWII. He rode in helicopters pointing out camoflage. He isn't fooled by the mottled colors in camo. He can see it is a tent. His job was to say, "that's not a tree"
Sometimes being color blind can be a GOOD thing!

Katherine - posted on 06/28/2011

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I worked with a little boy who was color blind. It doesn't mean they see black and white (I'm sure you know that). It's not that they can't SEE those colors, they can't distinguish the colors.

So if you work with him on colors it can definitely help him. What I did was got a color book and everyday I would ask him his colors. If he got it wrong I would correct him, go to a color he knew, and then go back to the color he didn't know.

It took a while but he grew SO much. He was 5. Get a few books about colors and do those exercises. Even when he plays with toys ask him what color they are. Incorporate it into your everyday life.

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Tiffany - posted on 06/29/2011

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i am not saying its a bad thing and i was reading about it and it said that it was not fooled by camo and all that. thats cool that you dad could help in a way no one else could. thanks ladies for all your help

Katherine - posted on 06/28/2011

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Tell him it's ok. Praise him a bunch. Make it into a game if you can. Play twister, or something like that with him.

Tiffany - posted on 06/28/2011

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i have bee and he so mad bc he cant get it right. he can tell black and white and that pretty much it. i have tried askin him but he gets mad and frustrated when he gets them wrong.

Jodi - posted on 06/28/2011

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My brother is red green colour blind. He said that he has gotten to recognise the colour it should or may be, just through general life experience. It's just something he takes in his stride now. But when he was young it was confusing for him. Basically, he spent a lot of time drawing and colouring in, etc. He is actually a very artistic person, and if it is any consolation, became a graphic designer :) But as Katherine said, work with colours as a part of your daily routine. He'll be fine.

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