We worked with a parent who really wanted their child to respond to other people when he was greeted. Because the child was nonverbal we decided as a team to work on the “high five” (when a person greets you with a raised hand, you touch return the greeting by touching their hand).
We brainstormed and created this strategy to address this important parent generated goal. We greeted this young boy with a “Hi Jimmy” and showed him our hand in a red glove with shiny dots on each finger tip. This strategy supported Jimmy’s visual need under the CVI characteristics of Color (he looked at red) and Movement (the glove would move and the shiny made it look like even more movement). Soon Jimmy began visually locating the glove. A bit later, with hand under hand support at first, Jimmy would look and reach to the glove to “high five”.
Mission Accomplished but wait…When children show improvements in skills with CVI, we want to remove the supports carefully. We would remove the shiny fingertip dots and make sure skills remain. Later we would remove the fingers of the glove and finally remove the glove all together.
Assess improvements the child is showing and remove the supports carefully to move this child’s visual and visual motor skills to the next level.