Psychosocial counselling for children and adults with visual impairments

Psychosocial counselling for children and adults with deaf-blindness, visual impairments and accompanying visual and hearing impairments.

Description of the service:

  • early intervention into the development of a child (0-3 years old)
  • disability-specific counselling for family members
  • counselling the client’s network (teachers, social workers, carers etc)
  • disability-specific development of the client’s skills
  • inclusion and raising awareness in society

The service coordinator Raissa Kesskküla notes a few examples of where this service could be used:

The service is vital in early invention if the child is diagnosed with visual impairment. This is the first time that a parent can get counselling from an eye care professional. It is very important for parents in order to reduce their stress and give them information on raising a child with a visual impairment. Our experience shows that primary counselling reduces the rate of the separation of families and gives them hope to move forward with their life and help their children develop. The second situation is when using the white cane becomes unavoidable (when they start living by themselves or their family members cannot accompany them for some reason). Or if unexpectedly there are repair works or snow banks in the winter on the route that the white cane user has memorised. Or if there is a new school etc. for which the person needs to learn a new route. And of course the initial learning of how to use the white cane and walking with a companion.

  • Where to start

    The service is offered at Ehte 7, Tallinn or at the client’s whereabouts if needed (home, hospital, school, etc.).

    Contact us:

    • 5279131 Raissa Keskküla
    • 5017049 Olga Ilgina


    Estonian Support Union of the Deafblind