Day: March 7, 2015

Strategies for Visual Access in the Car

Riding in a car is something most of us do regularly. We want the child with CVI to have visual opportunities during this time. Here are some strategies to provide this visual access:

  • Light is coming through the window on the side of the child. This light and motion often draws a child’s visual attention. Lightgazing is a primitive, early visual skill. To encourage more purposeful vision use, hang a visual target on the window. That visual target is now backlighted by the light coming from the window. Making sure this target moves (slinky, things hung by elastic, or perhaps beads) capitalizes on the child’s possible need for movement and light. Also remember shiny objects simulates movement because they are reflective so these materials would also be useful here.
  • Most children are seated on the passenger side where the motion and light draw attention to the child’s right visual field. Shake it up and place the child on the left side of the backseat. Now the movement and light (with added interesting visual target) are coming from the left side to challenge that visual field.
  • Create a black background using a black cloth hung on the seat in front of the child. Hang visual targets from this new active visual learning opportunity. The cloth can drape from the seatback to the child’s lap. Attaching a soft hair scrunchie on the child’s wrist will create an opportunity for the child to see movement they  control. I have had great success attaching slinkys or beads to this backdrop and to the child’s wrist. How powerful for the child to see movement they created!

Please remember every strategy is developed after assessment. The goal is to provide visual opportunities matched to visual need. You will only understand that visual need after assessment.