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Preschool Valentines Book for Children with CVI

This tactile book uses different textures on each red heart to create an accessible book for children with cortical visual impairment

Here is the wonderful literacy material created at Concord Area Special Education Collaborative (CASE) by Tess, Speech and Langauge Therapist and Sue, Preschool classroom teacher for the February theme of Hearts.  It presents a clear, red heart as a single image on the page then uses the same salient feature with a variety of textures for each page.

Staff that understand CVI well create fantastic materials based on their firm understanding of the characteristics of CVI and their child’s needs determined after assessment. They then created individual books adapted for each child to share with family.

Each page is presented with predictable text and funny voice for each type of heart.  (The voice can be read aloud by the teacher or parent, or it can be recorded and played with a switch by the child.)


The bumpy heart using bubble wrap

The lacy heart using lacy paper

A googly heart using googly eyes

A rough heart using sandpaper

A bead heart using party beads

A pom-pom heart using pom-poms of various sizes

Text for book
Collage of a book of hearts for children with CVI
Reprinted with permission from the author.
Student wrtiing on an adapted handwriting paper with four lines and highlighted
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Student making orange juice with a teacher using a juicing machine.
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