Day: March 20, 2014

What Do Children with CVI See?

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Optical illusion lost cow

It can be so hard to explain what children with CVI see.  This picture is a good way to explain how the world looks to a child with CVI.  You see all the colors.  You see each line and shading but your brain is searching its visual memory for what this image represents.  You can feel several CVI characteristics:

You are experiencing Latency: its taking you a long time to understand this.

This is visually complex (Visual Complexity).

If you were in a loud environment, it would take you longer to find meaning (Auditory Complexity).

If I asked you to look at this while balancing on a thin balance beam, you would take longer to understand the picture (Positional Complexity).

You want to hold this closer to your face to understand what it represents (Distance).

You have never seen this before so it is new to you.  Once you have understood it the first time.  It will take you less time to find it the next time. (Novelty)