How your child can help my child who has CVI

How your child can help my child who has CVI
How your child can help my child who has CVI

Waiting outside the classroom door for our kids to be dismissed, another mom smiled to me and said, “Let me know if there is anything Ben can do to help Jasper.” This mom was not yet familiar, and all at once a stunned gratitude welled up inside me. This other mom obviously had some awareness of Jasper’s cortical visual impairment (CVI). Continue reading “How your child can help my child 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’”

Cortical visual impairment at home

Cortical visual impairment at homeFor parents of children with special needs, including and especially CVI parents, summer affords a much needed respite from contending with schools and IEP teams. While we do not need to focus on those essential classroom adaptations and accommodations that are necessary at school, we can focus on ways to use vision during the day, every day, around the house in a natural environment. Continue reading “Cortical visual impairment at home”