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Strategies for Assessment and Intervention for Children with CVI

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Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) have neurological challenges that make it difficult to use their vision effectively.  Although there is a variation among children with CVI, there are some shared visual and behavioral characteristics that have been identified by Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy:

  • Color: Strong attraction to specific colors, especially red and yellow
  • Movement: Movement typically draws the attention of a child with CVI.
  • Latency: Children with CVI often need extra time to respond.
  • Novelty: Difficulty with visual novelty
  • Distance:  Dificulty with distance viewing
  • Complexity:  Difficulty with visual complexity
  • Visual Reflexes: Atypical visual reflexes
  • Visual Fields:  Strong visual field preferences
  • Light and Lighting:  Often engages in light gazing or non-purposeful gaze


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For more information about CVI, view this webcast from Perkins School for the Blind, which is presented by Ellen Mazel.  Beginning with an overview of the characteristics of children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI), Mazel goes on to discuss strategies for assessment and intervention.  Includes a full transcript and a CVI Consulting Interview Form.



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Posted by Tifany Neumann

Posted on July 30, 2013
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Strategies for Assessment and Intervention for Children with CVI

Charlotte Cushman commented on January 20, 2017

Hi Tiffany,

Thank you for your interest in the CVI course.  Please contact or visit to get on the waiting list.

Tifany Neumann commented on January 20, 2017

Please place me on the waiting list for the next time the course on CVI is offered. Thank you!

Charlotte@Perkins commented on August 25, 2015

If you'd like to learn more about this topic, you may be interested in the free webcast with Dr. Christine Roman called Cortical Visual Impairment and the Evaluation of Functional Vision

You may also be interested in the online class on CVI:  Registration is full, but you can get on the waiting list or register for the next time it's offered.

Dr Arun Singh commented on August 25, 2015

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