CVI and math: “Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class”

"Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class"
“Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class”

Many children with cortical visual impairment (CVI), struggle with math concepts. In turn, teachers struggle with how to make these concepts accessible to their students with CVI. This article in The AtlanticWhy Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class, on math, and how math plays out in the brain, helps paint a picture of why students with CVI may be struggling. Continue reading “CVI and math: “Why Kids Should Use Their Fingers in Math Class””

“Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles”

Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention
Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention

In 2012, reading Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention for the first time, was not about reading about a complex neurological condition. As the parent of a child with cortical visual impairment (CVI), reading that book, was reading about my son. It was somebody describing my child to me. Everything that he did, all of his behaviors, came into focus and made sense. Ever since, I have continued to learn as much as possible about my son’s cortical visual impairment. Continue reading ““Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles””

This is how we live.

CVI: This is how we live.
CVI: This is how we live.

When you are raising a child with cortical visual impairment (CVI), life looks different. It not only looks different for your child, it looks different for parents. CVI accommodations do not end on Friday afternoon when the school bell rings. For CVI families, accommodations happen all the time, everywhere, all day long, all the way up to and including bedtime. The accommodation follows the child with CVI…everywhere. Even on the weekend. Continue reading “This is how we live.”

New Year: Moving mountains

New Year: Moving mountains
New Year: Moving mountains

Leaving the Pacific Northwest and Seattle, the place that was home for twenty five years – twenty five years – does not feel like failure. Instead it feels like doing the right thing for my child. It feels like exhaling for the first time in nearly eight years, since my son’s diagnosis of cortical visual impairment (CVI). Continue reading “New Year: Moving mountains”

How do you greet a child with CVI?

How do you greet a child with CVI?
How do you greet a child with CVI?

We know that one of the ten characteristics of cortical visual impairment (CVI) is difficulty with faces, a component of Complexity (Roman-Lantzy). Knowing this, we should take some time to consider how we greet and interact with a child with CVI, remembering he is not likely to recognize you. This is essential for school teams, especially at the beginning of the school year. With a swirl of new peers, teachers, and classes, how we greet kids with CVI is so important. Continue reading “How do you greet a child with CVI?”