When I want to do a CVI assessment for a child, but I end up carrying so many items especially if I don’t know the child’s visual functioning level at all.
All assessments of CVI require three parts: parent interview, observation and direct assessment. After the parent interview and observation, I want to have everything on hand for the direct assessment. For the impact of color, I used to carry several sizes of like items such as 6 colors of pom-poms or 6 colors of balls. My bag was huge!
Now I just carry a great assortment of fabrics. As Halloween approaches, I found fabrics of all the colors, all of which have a shiny side and a duller colored side. I can now assess:
- The child’s reactions to color.
- The child’s reaction to shiny versus duller.
- The child’s best distance.
- The child’s need for increased fabric size to reduce complexity (what size fabric presentation does the child need before looking).
- The child’s need for light (does the child need me to add another light shining on the fabric to draw visual attention).
- The child’s need for motion (does the child need me to move the fabric to draw visual attention).
- The child’s delay for looking.
- The child’s better visual field.
- The time and quality of reaching to play with my fabric.
It’s Halloween at the fabric store! Lighten your load and have a great set of assessment materials!