The Bridge School

Cortical Visual Impairment

Elementary

Students with CVI have unique, individualized needs that impact their performance in elementary school. The largest challenges faced by Bridge School students with CVI involve navigating the environment, constructing meaning from curriculum presented primarily through pictures and texts and communicating their knowledge using AAC. Our students with CVI often lack experience looking for environmental cues and they have limited knowledge learning from information presented through visual representation. By collecting data based on observable visual behaviors for The CVI Range Assessment, teachers can design materials and adaptations that support new opportunities for students to use their vision. CVI interventions can be consistently applied across the school environment and curriculum, so students practice using their vision frequently, throughout the day. For Bridge School students with SSPI who utilize AAC, CVI interventions have provided more emphasis on incorporating the language that describes visual representations into discussions and instruction. Having an emphasis on descriptive language as a scaffold for instruction serves to enrich and enhance the overall comprehension of a student with CVI.  At The Bridge School, as CVI interventions have increased for each student, so has their classroom participation.