Using the IFSP/IEP Planning Worksheet with Teams

September is coming!!

This year I want to make it a priority to meet with all teams serving children with CVI to plan across the child’s day.

I especially like the Roman-Lantzy IFPS/IEP Planning Worksheet from her book, Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention.

With all team member input, the worksheets helps reinforce the resolved characteristics and focus on those that are not yet resolved.

On the second page, it displays a chart where the team looks at the learning blocks in a child’s day and discusses how the unresolved characteristics would impact that learning. Finally the chart has a section for brainstorming CVI adaptations that would help the child during this learning block.

This exercise is great to remind teachers and therapists about the characteristics and we always come up with great ideas. I always see teams begin to “own” CVI considerations and begin to suggest other adaptations that might help build children’s visual skills.

If there are sections of the day where CVI adaptations are difficult to do such as a large music group, we identify this and focus on the compensatory skills during this time (auditory, tactile, sense of smell, sense of taste).

Have a good start to the year!

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