Sensory Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Assessment for Students with CVI

When you see this post about Sensory Balance, you are likely thinking one of two things. You might be thinking, “This assessment came out a year ago.” Or else you are thinking, “Sensory Balance Assessment for CVI, what is that??”

Sensory-Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Planning for Students with CVI was quietly published in 2020, in the midst of COVID-19, when most of us were still reeling, still learning to cope as we closed in on one year of pandemic life. In other words, you might have been preoccupied and would be forgiven if you missed it. After mentioning the assessment to a few TVIs to the response of, What’s that? it is being shared here. Also included are a brief description, along with ordering and resources for learning more about a new assessment for students with CVI.

“The goal of the Sensory Balance Approach is to make learning media decisions that meet the child’s current needs, and ensure that there are regular, intentional opportunities to develop vision into a more reliable way of learning about the world.

Foreward excerpt:

“Sensory-Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Planning for Students with CVI offers detailed guidance for determining the learning media needs for individuals with CVI. The SBA provides a framework for developing activities that consider the primary and secondary sensory channels for learning, and incorporate eays to work on functional vision use. A multisensory approach is a bridge to increased vision use.”

To order a copy, go to this link:

Sensory Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Planning for Students with CVI

Watch An Approach to Sensory Balance webinar and learn more at this link:

Sensory-Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Planning for Students with CVI

About the Authors:

Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D. has Bachelor’s degrees in Elementary Education and Visual Impairment. She is a certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and has a Master’s Degree in Medically Fragile, High Risk Infants, Her Ph.D. focused on Cortical Visual Impairment and Infancy.

Christine Roman-Lantzy is the Director of Pediatric View in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She was the first CVI Project Leader for The American Printing House for the Blind. Christine provides workshops and consultations through CVI Resources and has had the honor to be invited to all parts of the United States and many countries outside the U.S. She is the author of Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention (2007, 2018) which won The Bledsoe Award in 2008, and Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles (2019). She taught at the University of Pittsburgh and Marshall University Graduate College for a total of 17 years.

Roman-Lantzy is the mother of two grown children who are a constant reminder of her most important role in life. As a mother, Christine has developed imsight into the motivations of parents of children with CVI with whom she shares a common goal. That goal is to see their children have a rich and fulfilling life.

Matt Tietjen, M.Ed is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments (TVI) in Connecticut. Matt earned his special education certification from Southern Connecticut State University. He received his certification in teaching students with visual impairments from UMass Boston, where he also earned his Master’s in Education.

Matt specializes in working with children who have CVI. He is the author of the What’s the Complexity? Framework, a system for designing a visually accessible school day for children with CVI. What’s the Complexity Framework is published in Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles, edited by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy (APH Press, 2019)

Matt lectures nationally on the What’s the Complexity? Framework and other related topics. He was a featured speaker at the American Conference on Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and was a speaker at Perkin’s CVI Symposiums in 2017, 2018, 2019. Matt is Perkins-Roman CVI Range Endorsed and teaches an online graduate course on the What’s the Complexity? Framework through Perkins eLearning.

Matt is passionate about teaching and partnering with families and educators to develop individualized, effective programs for their students with CVI.

Matt lives in Durham, Connecticut with his wife, Katie; his sons Sean and Liam; and pets Izzy and Gomez.

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