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Simulation Spectacles Exercises

These exercises should only be carried out under the supervision of an adult.

Sighted Guiding

Sometimes a friend or someone in your family, who has sight loss, may want help getting around even if they have a guide dog or use a cane. This guide explains how you could safely guide someone who has sight loss from one place to another.

Offering Help

If you think someone with a sight loss needs help, politely introduce yourself. Ask them where they would like to go and offer them your arm. This is called your ‘guiding arm’. Offer your arm by gently placing the back of your hand against their arm. They can then find your elbow with their hand.

When you have finished guiding a person always leave them in a safe place, away from danger. Tell them if you are going to leave them on their own. Leave them next to a chair, table or wall so they have something to touch.

How to Guide

Stand side by side next to the person you are going to guide. They should be holding your arm at the elbow. You should take the lead, and walk half a step in front of the person you are guiding.

It is always important to ask the person you are guiding if they are ready before you set off. Always remember to walk at a steady pace, and never run when guiding someone.

Changing Sides

Sometimes you may have to ask the person you are guiding to change sides. This means the person moves across behind you and finds your free elbow, so they can be guided using your other arm.

Stand sill before you ask the person to change sides. Place your hands on your hips, and pretend to be a chicken. Your bent elbows which should be behind you are your wings. Ask the person you are guiding to step across behind you and find your free elbow.

Finding a Seat

Try and describe the chair to the person you are guiding. Is it big or small? Is it hard or soft? Does it have arms, and a back? What is it called?


If you were to stand in front of a door it would either open towards you or away from you. The door would have hinges so it can be opened and shut.

Facing the door, stop and tell the person you are guiding if the door opens towards or away from them. Look for the hinges on the door. Are they on your right or left? The person you are guiding should be on the same side has the door hinges. You may have to ask them the change sides.

Open the door and put your guiding hand on the door handle. Ask the person to use their free hand to follow your guiding arm to find the door handle.