Star Wars and incidental learning

Star Wars and incidental learning
Star Wars and incidental learning

The last day of school before holiday break was pajama day. Pajamas can be hard for my son who has cortical visual impairment (CVI), especially the idea of wearing them during the day when it is not routine. When we talked about it, I made sure to suggest his favorite, Batman pajamas, to make it meaningful and help motivate him to participate in the social experience of wearing pajamas with his friends at school. “Do you want to wear stripey pajamas – or Batman?!?” “Batmaaan!!” he said throatily, excited. Continue reading “Star Wars and incidental learning”

CVI for first graders

CVI for first graders
CVI for first graders

When it comes to talking about cortical visual impairment (CVI) in the school setting, the topic of social skills is always a focus. Because as parents, the thing we want most for our kids with CVI is for them to make friends. We want our child to be accepted and understood. Whether talking to teachers or therapists or others who are hearing “CVI” for the first time, social skills are at the top of the list. Continue reading “CVI for first graders”

Access makes a world of difference

Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman

Thinking about visual access in terms of the arts can feel overwhelming. How can a child who has cortical visual impairment (CVI) possibly have access to and enjoyment of, an arts experience? On a recent outing to our local children’s theatre, it hit home how visual access makes a world difference for a child who has CVI. Continue reading “Access makes a world of difference”

Phase III CVI Workshop: Salient features and the red pom pom

Phase III CVI Workshop, Boston

If not for CVI conferencees, trainings and assessments, this CVI mom would never go anywhere. My son has been in Phase III CVI (Roman-Lantzy) for more than a year. Now the goal is to learn as much as possible about Phase III, what that means, and how best to support him, especially as a student with CVI in the general education setting. Watching my son progress along the CVI Range has been everything from exhilirating to gruelling. Being in Phase III is sort of like slowing down as you near the end of the road. But knowing you will never quite reach the end. And so last spring I attended a two day workshop on Phase III CVI at Perkins School for the Blind, taught by Christine Roman-Lantzy. Continue reading “Phase III CVI Workshop: Salient features and the red pom pom”

‘CVI, A Focus on Phase III Learners’ training

Upcoming training on Phase III CVI, in Maryland, below is a link to registration page:

“Cortical Visual Impairment, A Focus on Phase III Learners”

Presenter: Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy

June 19 – 23, 2017

This workshop is designed to provide assessment and educational information regarding Cortical Visual Impairment, specifically for children who score in Phase III on The CVI Range. Participants will gain knowledge and skill to better identify, assess, and educate children who have CVI. This is NOT an introductory CVI course!

The Institute is designed for participants who have experience and prior knowledge of CVI. This is not an introductory course!

The course content is specifically relevant for individuals who live or work with children who have cortical visual impairment with or without other disabilities.  This Institute is designed to meet the needs of regular and special educators, family members, related service providers, administrators, teachers of the visually impaired, and teachers of the deaf/hard-of-hearing who work directly or indirectly with students with dual sensory impairments and/or cortical visual impairment, Phase III.

2017 Institute Schedule

Monday – Friday, June 19 – 23, 2017

8:30 – 9:00 am            Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 am – 12:00 pm     Institute Program

12:00 – 1:00pm           Lunch (on your own)

1:00-4:30 pm               Institute Program

CVI, A Focus on Phase III Learners link to info and registration page.