Change is hard

IMG_2204A new school year. Substitute teachers. The new student in class. An unexpected fire drill and, God forbid, the lockdown drill. A different para today. Meeting a new provider for a new therapy appointment. For children with cortical visual impairment (CVI), a typical day is a long day of constant change. We are all familiar with Heraclitus’ quote: “Change is the only constant in life.” For a child with CVI, when we talk about change, we are talking about novelty (Roman). Continue reading “Change is hard”

CVI Iceberg

CVI icebergThe first Start Seeing CVI t-shirt was created with the idea that when an educator looks at a child with cortical visual impairment, they would see the CVI, the ten characteristics (Roman). It is intended as a reminder: “I need to talk to him, I’d better take him to a quiet, less noisy spot” or “I’m showing her this object, I need to remember to hold it over to her left” or “I’m color highlighting this photograph against a plain background, I’ll be sure to use his preferred color yellow.” Each time, you are reminded of ten things to be mindful of when working with that child. Continue reading “CVI Iceberg”

A horse and hemianopia

369A1C63-F808-4A4B-97B2-B0C5F7005F6BYou might be looking at this photo of a horse and thinking, What the heck does a horse have to do with CVI? With my child’s hemianopia? Recently a horse drawn hayride, pulled by these horses, provided a perfect example of what happens with hemianopia. Continue reading “A horse and hemianopia”

Let’s change the way we talk about kids with CVI

Let's change the way we talk about kids with CVI
Let’s change the way we talk about kids with CVI

“He’s just so…UNIQUE.”

“I’m not sure we would have the expertise needed to assess her.”

“He almost sounds like… a case study.”

“He sounds too complex to be evaluated.”

Some days our kids with cortical visual impairment (CVI) really put the special in the term “special needs.” Lately, in yet another quest to find a provider to conduct an appropriate assessment, it is back to this all too familiar language when it comes to talking about our children with CVI. Continue reading “Let’s change the way we talk about kids with CVI”