Highlighted Hands with Red Splints

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If your occupational therapist asks that you get hand splints for your child, order the red ones. The red highlights the child’s own hand, encourages looking to the moving hand target and helps build understanding of the hand as a tool. Kids with CVI miss the very important typical developmental stage of hand watching that all babies do that leads to later hand use. (visual motor characteristic)

Remember to negotiate with the occupational therapist about the exact length of times for splints to be worn. Covering the hands of a child with a visual impairment robs the child of important tactile information. Using splints is important but must be balanced with tactile access needs.

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