“Happy Halloween!”

On Halloween, children of all abilities go trick or treating.

The child who comes to your door but avoids eye contact may have difficulty looking at faces (complexity).

The child who is upset in a crowd may have difficulty with complex sensory environments and sensory integration.

The child who takes f o r e v e r to pick out a single piece of candy may have difficulty with overwhelming complexity.

The child who wears the same costume three years in a row may have difficulty with novelty.

The child who excitedly tells everybody “Happy Halloween!” beginning loooong before October 31st, may be practicing his script. Continue reading ““Happy Halloween!””

Summer Time

01C529C6-8CDF-4A1E-8427-4635715072FASummertime is a time to unwind, reset. After the end of another busy school year, it’s a time for vacation, day trips, road trips, or maybe it is simply welcome relief from the usual grind. Summer, with its unstructured days, can also be a time to get wound up. Regardless of your summer plans, no matter how blue the sky or how pleasant the weather, for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) summer is a time of transition. Continue reading “Summer Time”

How my sensory experience helps me know my son with CVI

1230886C-E6EC-4245-B6F4-0FBEF6BD7D99When you have a migraine for three days, it is hard not to think of the sensory experience of your child who has cortical visual impairment (CVI). No, having a  migraine is not the same as living with the neurodiverse diagnosis of CVI. But as the migraine persists, it is hard not to compare it with his sensory experience. Could it be that my son’s sensory experience has made me more aware of the sensory experience of migraine? Continue reading “How my sensory experience helps me know my son with CVI”