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Burlingham, D. (1975). Special Problems of Blind Infants—Blind Baby Profile. Psychoanal. St. Child, 30:3-13.

(1975). Psychoanalytic Study of the Child, 30:3-13

Problems of Development

Special Problems of Blind Infants—Blind Baby Profile

Dorothy Burlingham


In selecting certain sections of the Profile for comment, I have tried to underscore two basic considerations in assessing the blind. On the one hand, we need to give special attention to those areas which are most affected by the impact of blindness; on the other, the usual behavioral manifestations we observe may have a different meaning in the blind.

The amendments I propose are a first step toward constructing the Baby Profile for the Blind. As our knowledge of blind babies increases, others will be added.

An early application of the Blind Baby Profile would be very helpful in assessing the normal or abnormal development of the blind, in sorting out the factors that are due to blindness, or to additional brain damage, and those that derive primarily from external sources and therefore can be influenced by appropriate guidance.

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