Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

Five Little Lights

Page of Five Little Lights

This book is one of the examples shared showing how to adapt books for children with cortical visual impairment (CVI).  Please begin by reading the introductory information:


Cover of Five Little Lights

My book, "Five Little Lights" was created for a student who visually functions in Phase II and who attends well to lighted targets or targets that are backlit.  I present this book on a large book stand so that the book can stand upright.  For photographic purposes, a white book stand was used in the photos below, but it is recommended that you use a black book stand with a black Invisiboard behind, which will reduce the environmental visual complexity and/or visual complexity in the array.  I also often turn down the room lights, so that the target lights in this book stand out more clearly.  

Five little lights glowing in the dark

One fell down, now it's not so bright.  Four little lights glowing in the night.One fell down, now it's not so bright.  Three little lights glowing in the night.

One fell down, now it's not so bright.  Two little lights glowing in the night.One little light left glowing in the night. Don't fall down, hold on tight!

The individual lights used in this book come in a packet of 30 from Leorx and are called Leorx LED Party Lights (see Materials Used for Adapting Books and Literacy for Students with CVI and the strategytosee website under Recommended Products).  These Leorx Lights can be twisted on or off, as needed.  I suspended the lights from heavy black, threads and carefully spaced them apart from one another.  

Because my student initially had difficulty with too much "visual clutter" on a page, I covered the print with little fold down tabs. 

Covering words on page of Five Little Lights book

There is Velcro attached to the tabs, so they can either be held open or closed.

Covering text of Five Little LightsCovering text of Five Little Lights

When the student became very familiar with this book and was better at using his vision, we turned the tabs upward and exposed the print.  

Five Little Lights

(To the tune of, “Ten Little Monkeys Jumping on a Bed”)

Five little lights,
glowing in the night.
 
One fell down,
now it’s not so bright.
 
Four little lights,
glowing in the night.
 
One fell down,
now it’s not so bright.
 
Three little lights,
glowing in the night.
 
One fell down,
now it’s not so bright.
 
Two little lights,
glowing in the night.
 
One fell down,
now it’s not so bright.
 
One little light,
left glowing in the night.
 
Don’t fall down!
Hold on tight!
 

Examples of Books

The following are other examples of books I have created for students with CVI:

For more ideas from Diane Sheline, visit Strategy to See.

Collage of Five Little Lights
 

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