Paths to Literacy

for students who are blind or visually impaired

One Yellow Slinky Bouncing Up and Down

Cover of One Yellow Slinky Bouncing Up and Down

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:

This book was developed for a student who visually functioned at the low end of Phase II.  Although the student could tolerate more than 1 target on a page, we found that we needed to “take a step back” and use Blocking Techniques, covering the wording at first.  

Using blocking technique to cover part of the Slinky book


We also found that it benefited the student if we grasped the end of the Slinky, pulled it outward, and showed the movement qualities of it, as we told the story.  

Demonstrating movement quality of Slinky

This student was just beginning to reach out and touch targets and this book worked well because the slightest of touch of the page or Slinky created some movement of the Slinky, particularly since we presented the book against an angled, All-In-One Board (rather than flat on the surface of the table).    

It should be noted that the most favorite, familiar target for this student was an illuminated, yellow Slinky (see DIY section at for how to create an illumi-Spring like his).  

Illuminated Slinky

Much time was spent, prior to presenting this book, on visually locating and watching the movement of this student’s illuminated Slinky.  We also discussed the illuminated Slinky’s salient features

Page of yellow Slinky bookPage from Yellow Slinky book

Page of yellow slinky bookPage of yellow slinky book

Page of yellow slinky book


  • Yellow Slinky Jr., by Poof; cut one Slinky apart into smaller sections (I made mine into 7 smaller sections)


Examples of Books

Other examples of books created for students with CVI:

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


Collage of One Yellow Slinky



Posted by Beth Ballinger

Posted on May 10, 2017
Updated on: January 28, 2022

Previous comments for One Yellow Slinky Bouncing Up and Down

Beth Ballinger commented on June 20, 2017

Thank you for creative ideas.