The school year will begin with the children arriving on Monday. We have worked hard this summer to get ready for the new school environment to ensure the best environmental and learning supports to meet Kevin’s visual needs as assessed on the Christine Roman-Lantzy CVI Range (2007).
I am so thrilled to be working with a new teacher who already excited to embrace the student with CVI in her classroom. This child has the added learning profile of a child with deafblindness. Even with CVI, vision is his primary way to assess learning.
We are working together with the team to establish a very predictable routine for this child with consistent materials, locations and events that will build visual skills and concept understanding.
Here is just a sample:
- Meet at the van: At curb greet him with our name sign and visual symbol (all symbols are in colors that this child can access) against a black background. Sign “hi” and sign “go”.
- Provide touch cues for travel direction changes.
- Outside the room, show “classroom” symbol in his left field with movement and wait time:
- Textured light up ball on a short string- hand under hand sign school and say “school” (hand comes down on the ball in your hand 2 times)
- Hold it up in his left visual field and give it movement (L side)
- Then bounce it 3 times (yo-yo motion).
- Hold his backpack in his left visual field at eye level, giving slight movement and wait for him to look.
- Put back pack on his lap and pat it.
- Put the large highlighted zipper-pull in his left hand and using hand under hand support, unzip the bag
- Pull out his glasses and hearing aides out of the backpack with hand under hand support.
- Display each in his left visual field at eye level with slight movement until he can look. (all items are presented with a black background to reduce complexity). Present touch cue. Glasses: touch both sides of his face where the glasses stems rest. Hearing aids: touch each ear.
Every day will be predictable. Material will become familiar.
Everyday, Kevin will see the same things in the same way at the same time.
From here, we build visual skills, anticipation and concept learning in his new school!