It is important to understand the medical history of all conditions affecting the children you serve. It deepens your knowledge of symptoms, learning profiles and places behaviors in context.
For children with CVI, increasing your own understanding of the causes of brain based CVI exposes you to information and terminology about the brain structures and function. You should understand the structures of the brain as well as you know the structures of the eye. This is where CVI abnormalities and difficulties are located. I want to learn about the unique brain based damage and the location of those problems. I hope in the future with increasing understanding of the brain through newer imaging methodologies, I will be ready to understand how damage exactly affects learning. I’m getting ready!
I always ask for eye reports and neurology reports from parents. These are equally important to understand whether the eye is healthy and providing the information to the brain and whether the brain is healthy enough to receive it. Keeping the brain as a focus of my discussions with teams and parents help drive home the location of the visual problem (the brain), the possibility of improvement, importance of assessment and the importance of targeted interventions to increase access and provide a learning platform for visual skills to grow for children with CVI.
If I understand, I can explain. If I explain well to parents and teams, they become my partner in the assessment and interventions for children. This is the primary job of a TVI. Teams and parents that can observe the CVI characteristics they see everyday and understand the functioning are better ready to create and provide accurate environmental supports for learning and for charting progress.