For children who are blind or visually impaired, their hands are their eyes. Hand under hand is an invitation from a caregiver to a child to explore and learn together. It is the most respectful way to engage because it provides a sense of safety while giving the child the option to choose whether or not to join the activity.

In hand under hand, the adult puts their hand under the child’s hand and gently guides the child through an activity such as touching a new object or using a tool like a spoon.

Giving a child the choice to participate in an activity promotes independence by allowing the child to become an active learner rather than a passive participant.