reducing complexity

Reducing Complexity on Surfaces

The child’s learning surfaces are a perfect place to control complexity.  Put yourself in the child’s shoes as you assess the complexity of the environment.  Is there glare, distracting movement, multiple colors in the a background or is there a good solid color background to get a good look at the important learning materials?

  see thru tray

Here is a picture of a clear tray that comes with most wheelchairs.  It is a terrible surface for optimal visual abilities.  The child sees moving legs (movement and multiple colors), the tray produces glare and provides no solid background.

 see thru tray covered

Here is a solid black background that takes care of the problem.  It is made of black plastic and attached with velco.

Reducing Complexity

messy shelf                            shelf covers



The picture on the top is what you find in a typical classroom with materials stacked on crowded shelves.  To reduce complexity, in the bottom picture you see we hung tension rods with black curtains.  In this learning area, children with CVI have the greatest visual supports to learn the essential concepts without struggling to sort the items from complex backgrounds.