Phase III: So often undiagnosed and misunderstood!

Phase III can be so difficult to understand, assess, and to explain to others. People must understand how important strategies are to kid’s full access to visual learning.  The CVI Range helps take an objective look at visual skills to build appropriate strategies.  As a teacher, I am constantly explaining that “looking” is not always “understanding”. In Phase III, there are still several characteristics that impact learning:

  • Distance: kids still tend to be “close lookers” and spend most time visually exploring only the near world.
  • Facial recognition and facial expression understanding: Faces are the most complex visual targets and well into Phase III, some kids still struggle with this important social skill area.
  • Visual complexity: busy places, busy backgrounds and busy literacy materials are still difficult.
  • Auditory complexity: noisy places reduce visual abilities.
  • In places with high sensory demands or with challenging positioning, kids return to easier behaviors such as light-gazing.
  • Movement of others in the environment can still distract central vision use.
  • Extra time to visually examine is still needed.
  • Being tired or ill affects visual skills.
  • Kids still struggle to imitate a visual action.
  • Kids still struggle to understand the visual implications of what is seen.
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