Images

Find it yet?

Optical illusion lost cow copy

For those of you still searching your visual brain for recognition of this picture, I will give your brain some clues.

First I will orient it the correct way it appears in the world.   I will tell you to look for the “cow”.  Now you can limit your vision search to what you know about “cowness”. Can you now see the cow looking at you?  There are two dark ears near the top left and a dark nose near the bottom middle of the picture.  Because you know that the eyes are near the ears, you can easily see these.  You have the benefit of visual memory.. You have seen thousands of pictures of cows and real cows too.  Children with CVI can build these skills by exploring real items and then linking what they now know to what is seen.  The hallmark idea:  CVI can improves! With careful assessment of the visual behaviors, you create educational programming and environmental supports to build visual attention and visual recognition skills.  We don’t just hope for, we expect improvement because we don’t know an individual child’s capacities for visual change! We don’t know who will make changes and what kind of changes those will be.

I see my hand!

I see my hand!

To help your child become aware of their own hands, use a hair scrunchie on the wrist to draw their visual attention to the natural movement of their own body. Hand watching, typical of all children, is a developmental step children with CVI might miss. It is essential for hand use.