ModMath app for kids with writing issues

ModMath app for kids with writing issues
ModMath app for kids with writing issues

ModMath is a math app that was created by parents, to help their child who has a learning disability and difficulty with handwriting. The free app “provides students a pencil free platform for doing basic arithmetic” equations including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Many of our kids with cortical visual impairment (CVI) also have difficulty with fine motor tasks like handwriting. ModMath could be a good option for students with CVI. A bonus would be the ability to color code math equations. The verdict is still out on that, but the question has been proposed.

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Return to Wonderland

Originally published November 12, 2013

Pittsburgh Zoo

In the weeks leading up to our October appointment with Christine Roman-Lantzy, I debated going. Jasper’s developmental Renaissance, which began in early summer, was still going. Global improvements in communication, speech, feeding, auditory processing, and vision. Another new mom once said to me, “My baby changes so much every day, he’s constantly learning something new!” At the time, Jasper was about a year old, and doing Ok, but the words struck me. Changes so much… every day?? I had no idea what that meant. My experience was different from that of other new moms. Continue reading “Return to Wonderland”

What to include in an IEP for a student who has CVI

What to include in an IEP for a student who has CVI
What to include in an IEP for a student who has CVI

Whether you are a parent of a child with cortical visual impairment (CVI), a teacher of the visually impaired (TVI), therapist or other provider, most people struggle when it comes to writing IEPs (Individualized Education Program) for students who have CVI. With input from TVI Matt Tietjen*, here is what to include for students with CVI. The IEP format looks different from state to state, but they all contain the same information. It should be noted that our source for all discussion of cortical visual impairment, the Phases, ten  characteristics, accommodations and modifications is Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention, by Christine Roman-Lantzy. Continue reading “What to include in an IEP for a student who has CVI”

‘Drink before you’re thirsty’

'Drink before you're thirsty'
‘Drink before you’re thirsty’

Being inside a school classroom all day and sitting still and listening and paying attention and following directions and transitions and remembering to keep your hands to yourself and to be a friend and be kind is challenging for any six year old child. But being in a general education setting all day long and remembering to do all of the above and follow along is different for a child who has cortical visual impairment (CVI), who does not have the same visual access as his peers. Figuring out behavior is a challenge made excessively more difficult when the educational team does not know enough about CVI. Continue reading “‘Drink before you’re thirsty’”

CVI back to school

CVI back to school
CVI back to school

Ours seems to be the last district that goes back to school in the fall. Not the day after Labor Day but the day after the day after Labor Day. And so the holiday weekend is spent gathering and updating documents and resources for teaching new school team members about cortical visual impairment (CVI). Since somebody asked, it seemed like a good idea to talk about what those materials look like. Continue reading “CVI back to school”