Entries by CViConnect

Unveiling the Impact of CVI Characteristics: A Systematic Approach with CViConnect

A systematic approach is crucial when assessing the impact of characteristics on learners with cortical visual impairment (CVI). Teachers need to uncover how each characteristic impacts a learner’s functional vision. Teachers can do this by changing only one element at a time. This focused methodology, combined with the support of CViConnect, empowers educators to gain […]

Guidelines for Determining the Frequency of Services to Support Learners with CVI

As an educator supporting children with cortical visual impairment (CVI), you are aware of the unique challenges that come with providing appropriate interventions and services to meet their needs. One of the key considerations in supporting children with CVI is determining the appropriate frequency of services. This can be a complex task, as it requires […]

Considering Light When Utilizing Technology

What was once thought as non-purposeful gazing at light has now shown to be an important element in CVIers’ daily routines. Light can still be a distractor for our learners, but it also has a purpose. Learners with CVI have shown an ability to utilize light to access their functional vision. In either case, light […]

Using Neural Networks to Assist Educators, Caregivers, and Parents to Better Understand What Their Child With a Visual Impairment Sees

While at the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society’s conference in Omaha, Nebraska covering the current research in the field, I was speaking with a parent who has a child diagnosed with CVI. She spoke about how her child got a fishing pole this summer and caught his first fish. He also had the opportunity to […]

Consider Novelty when Utilizing Technology

According to Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, there are ten unique visual and behavioral characteristics of CVI. One of these is the characteristic of novelty, or how new a visual target is to the learner. Learners with CVI show preference to targets they are familiar with or those that share visually familiar characteristics.  Depending on what Phase […]

Intentional Access to Vision Throughout Daily Routines

“I am a teacher, I was never trained in vision therapy.” Luckily, for learners with a Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), no one is suggesting vision therapy. Instead, in order to see improved use of functional vision, individuals with CVI require a balance of intentional access to vision throughout daily routines. According to Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, […]

The Future of Look Detection Is Here

The future of look detection is here for children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). At this year’s ATiA annual conference, CViConnect’s Stephanie Steffer and Travis Spire-Sweets shared their newest vision for the field.   Currently, while a learner utilizes the activities within the CViConnect iPad application, the system makes use of the forward facing camera to […]

CVI Awareness. Diagnosing and Knowing Your CVI Learner

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of visual impairments in the United States. Uniquely, the number of people with this vision impairment will continue to increase as medical advancements are better able to assess and treat individuals with neurological diagnosis.   Historically, individuals with CVI have had a hard time getting this diagnosis.  Since […]

Back to School for a Learner with CVI

It’s that time of year.  Many teachers and students are returning to their school year routines.  For your learner, this might bring on stress, worry, and fears.  Parents might begin to have questions about the upcoming year and what their child can expect.  Professionals may begin sending home welcome letters, introducing themselves to the family. […]