All I want for Xmas

This time of year it is easy to find online lists like Gifts for Children with CVI or Sensory Gifts Your Child Will Love. In reality, these lists are hit or miss. Some sensory kids will like them, others will not. Just like all children, our kids with CVI are individuals, with their own preferences. Often their preferences make no sense with regard to CVI: the gift that makes too much noise, the gift with too many colors, the gift that’s too flashy. This year the holiday isn’t so much about what to put under the tree for my son with CVI, but what to put in his stocking? Continue reading “All I want for Xmas”

Back to birthday parties

With the return to in person school following a year of remote learning, the birthday party invitation came early. The real and true measure of any and all social skills goals in the IEP should be, “By June, having received all appropriate supports in place all year long, the student with CVI will be invited to X number of birthday parties.” Believe me, there is nothing so gut wrenching as attempting to explain to your child why he was not invited to the party. Here we are in November, at the first birthday party invite, for my son with CVI. Continue reading “Back to birthday parties”

“Coronaviress”

BB60D3C5-264B-46F7-B273-F1E366C80A4F“Everything is cancelled.”

All of his questions have the same response. I don’t know – everything is cancelled. We can’t do that right noweverything is cancelled. We can’t go there right noweverything is cancelled. When you have a sensory kid with CVI who exists on certainty and routine and predictability and structure, providing normalcy and certainty right now feels impossible. In this time of coronavirus, his CVI, his sensory experience, his worries, are not cancelled. Continue reading ““Coronaviress””