I’m sure at this last Thanksgiving holiday, families could share stories of “CVI Meltdowns”.
Students with CVI understand their familiar visual environment, know their familiar people and know their familiar materials. They can tolerate the level of noise and complexity that they are used to.
Holidays are full of Novelty and Complexity, two strong characteristic of CVI. The student’s visual system is bombarded with new noises, people, foods, and places. There is nothing in these new environments that they can recognize and understand well. They just simply can’t handle all of this. Their behaviors tell us volumes if we are willing to listen.
Here is a link to some stories shared by parents of students with CVI. These stories can help us understand student’s “meltdown” behaviors and create strategies to cope.