“Intervention must be driven by intention, not by materials”

* Guest blog post by Judy Endicott

“Intervention must be driven by intention, not by materials.” – Christine Roman, 2018

"Intervention must be driven by intention"
“Intervention must be driven by intention”

Think about your own adult reading behaviors. Think about the range of choices of materials you have to choose from. Sometimes you pick materials based on length, sometimes on size of text, amount of pictures, subject and a range of other factors. You pick and choose, driven by goals and tempered by your energy and motivation. Continue reading ““Intervention must be driven by intention, not by materials””

CVI literacy when we least expect it

Guest blog post by Peggy Palmer, TVI*

IMG_6563This week I arrived at a school just as Justine, a beautiful little four year old girl, was getting off her bus. Justine was recently diagnosed with cortical visual impairment (CVI) and is in Phase III on the CVI Range (Roman-Lantzy). She has some gross motor challenges and is verbal but with limited expressive language. Continue reading “CVI literacy when we least expect it”

CVI salient features books

CVI salient features books
CVI salient features books

When my son who has cortical visual impairment (CVI) was in preschool, it was important that he had visually accessible books. Most of the books in his classroom were filled with bright, multicolored, visually complex illustrations (complexity, Roman). Bright Baby makes a series of books that uses realistic photographic images and plain, solid color backgrounds. The books are inexpensive, easy to modify, and are one of the few items that CVI parents do not have to make themselves from scratch. Continue reading “CVI salient features books”

Recognizing friends is hard

Recognizing friends is hard
Recognizing friends is hard

After a long dry spell this school year, today was birthday party number two. This one was held at our local children’s museum. It would be the opposite environment of the previous calm, low key birthday, at home, with only five boys, from last weekend. To prepare we talked about how many kids would be there, likely more than five. A few familiar kids were invited so we focused on them. We talked about the complexity and noise and unpredictability of the surrounding museum with all of its activity and sounds and visitors. The museum was not a favorite and we rarely visited, so in addition to the overarching complexity, we added novelty (Roman). For my son who has cortical visual impairment (CVI), these are some of the most difficult CVI characteristics. Continue reading “Recognizing friends is hard”