We are one of the best pediatric vision intervention therapy centers in the world. Vision Intervention is the process of assessing the functional vision of children with visual impairment and determining strategies, tools, techniques and resources to support child development and independence despite visual impairment. With certain conditions, functional vision can be improved through systematic interventions developed throughout the child’s whole day. In other cases, vision loss can be compensated through training in other sensory areas, and through assistive technology.
Our vision intervention specialist is an expert in Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Braille literacy instruction and assistive technology assessment (ATA) for visual impairment among other things.
- CVI – VISION INTERVENTION FOR NEUROLOGICAL/ CORTICAL VISUAL IMPAIRMENT: CVI is a condition resulting from damage to the brain, in which the eyes may function properly but the brain cannot process what the eyes are seeing. This condition is typically present alongside other known neurological disorders. Children with CVI are assessed using the CVI Range Assessment, which is used to develop interventions that can be used throughout the child’s whole day at school or at home. CVI strategies can also be incorporated into sessions with Speech, OT and PT to increase visual access during these therapies.
- OVI – VISION INTERVENTION FOR OCULAR VISUAL IMPAIRMENT AND BLINDNESS: This broad term refers to any number of diagnoses that describe visual impairment based on structural or functional damage to the eye or the optic nerve. Examples include Optic nerve Hypoplasia, Retinopathy of Prematurity, Glaucoma, Strabismus and Nystagmus.
Children with ocular impairment can receive a functional vision assessment, which helps to determine how the child uses their vision to interact with their classroom or home environment. The functional vision assessment includes recommendations for the child’s educational team so that the school curriculum can be accommodated or modified appropriately for the child’s current level of visual function. For some children, Braille literacy instruction may be appropriate. Ongoing intervention designed for home or school can help the child reach developmental and educational milestones through visual, tactile, and auditory channels. Once functional vision has been determined, an assistive technology assessment may be appropriate to identify low and high tech tools and devices that will help the child be successful in the classroom.
- ATA – Assistive Technology Assessment: This is an assessment of a child’s requirements for assistive technology, especially Braille/ large print devices designed to compensate for or improve visual function and provide access to the curriculum in a school setting.
- ECC – Expanded Core Curriculum: These are the nine skill areas requiring explicit instruction for children who are blind and visually impaired, and which are included as curriculum in the school day. The nine skill areas are compensatory strategies, orientation and mobility, recreation and leisure, self-determination, career readiness, social interaction, assistive technology, independent living and sensory efficiency.
- FVA – Functional Vision Assessment: This is a systematic assessment of how a child uses his or her vision in functional contexts, with emphasis on academic tasks.
- LMA – Learning Media Assessment: This is tool used to determine the primary sensory channels used by the student to take in information, usually visual, tactual and auditory. The LMA is used to recommend a primary learning medium for the child for curriculum access and determines the need for Braille.