I really appreciate the questions. Your questions bring up great ideas and topics for blogs!
I received this blog question regarding the Littleroom:
Our colleague wrote: “I would also love your thoughts on the objects placed in the Little Room. How often would you change the objects? Would you move the same objects to different areas of the Littleroom? And do you have a good way to document how a child interacts with the toys, which toys are more often explored, etc?”
When thinking about providing the child with CVI with a littleroom playspace, I think about my goals. If my goal is listening, touch and activation using compensatory skills, I use a regular littleroom with many objects hung close to the child for accidental activation. As the child begins to know where things are, I raise the objects just a bit at a time to encourage reaching and more distant exploration.
If my goal is looking, I think about the visual environment and use the CVI Range assessment to make the design:
- Color: use the favorite single colors.
- Movement: hanging things in the littleroom on elastic already move the perfect amount.
- Latency: the littleroom allows things to hang in the child’s visual space as long as the child requires.
- Visual Fields: I hang materials in the best visual field.
- Visual Novelty: once the child is looking in their best field to an object, I move it to the weaker visual field. Use the favorite toys first.
- Complexity: Visual complexity: cover the top of the littleroom with a white gaze or felt (see picture below) so the child has a great plain background not a complex ceiling with tiles and lights. Auditory complexity: The toys can make noise in the littleroom and although the child might stop looking, its just fun. There is time to look again.
- Distance: all the materials in a littleroom hang at near!
- Visual Guided Reach: with accommodations for latency, field, color, movement and complexity, the child has the best chance of reaching.
I keep things the same in the littleroom for as long as a child needs. I think we think kids are bored but children like sameness. (I think of how many times I read the same book to my daughter!)
I will response to the last part of the question tomorrow.