When someone is color blind it doesn’t mean that they see no colors. It’s not like they see everything in shades of gray except in very rare instances. Being color blind means that you have trouble seeing red, green, yellow, blue or some combination of these. Red/green color blindness is most common. Color blindness is often inherited so if you are color blind then it is very important that you have your child checked as early as possible. Being color blind can affect the way a child learns to read. Check out 10 signs your child may be color blind to see if you think your child may need to be tested.
1. Struggles with color games: When kids are little, parents often play games with them where they tell them to pick up the red ball. At the beginning kids are just learning their colors and if they don’t pick up the red ball all the time it doesn’t mean that they are color blind. If time goes on and they can easily pick up the yellow and blue balls, but struggle with the red and green ones you might make a note.
2. Can’t point out certain colors: Another thing parents do when kids are little and they are trying to teach them their colors is to ask their child to point to the pink pony. It may be that the child can’t tell the difference between the light pink pony and the yellow pony. Continue to ask these questions, but make a point to follow their progress with certain colors.
3. Can’t match their clothes: This one is harder to tell because some kids just like to dress in wild and crazy clothes, but if you ask your child to put on their red T-shirt with some jeans and they come back with another color be sure to ask them why they didn’t grab the red shirt. More often than not it will be because they couldn’t find it. Show it to them and see what color they think it is.
4. Can’t tell which light is glowing on a stoplight: When in the car you can work on colors and safety issues by asking what color light is shining right now on the stoplight? If the child doesn’t know you can tell them, but if it becomes a pattern that they can’t tell the green light from the red light you may need to get them checked.
5. Have trouble finding patterns: Kids books will sometimes have patterns. If the patterns are made up of green and red a child who is green/red color blind won’t be able to see the pattern. Unless the colors are different shades. Then it would be like the shades of gray thing.