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 a thorough understanding of the child’s visual functioning, as well as their overall development.
CViConnect’s Stephanie Steffer and TVI Chaesa MacWilliams, have released The Guidelines for Determining the Frequency of Services to Support Learners with CVI, to support educators in this task. This document provides a comprehensive overview of the factors that should be considered when determining the appropriate frequency of services for children with CVI.
The guidelines are based on the principles of the CVI Range, which is a comprehensive tool used to assess and support the visual functioning of children with CVI. The document outlines the various stages of the CVI Range, and provides specific recommendations for frequency of services based on the child’s stage of visual functioning.
The tool requires professionals to use the data they have collected about their students and their professional judgment to determine how the services should look, and what needs will be addressed during these service times. It was designed as a guideline, to assist Individualized Educational Programming (IEP) teams. At each IEP meeting, service time and delivery is ultimately the IEP team’s decision.
Overall, Guidelines for Determining the Frequency of Services to Support Learners with CVI is a valuable resource for educators who are looking to provide effective support for children with CVI. By taking into account the unique needs and abilities of each child, and using the principles outlined in this document, educators can provide meaningful interventions and services that help children with CVI to thrive.