The Bridge School

Cortical Visual Impairment

Webinar 6

The Significance of Self-Initiated Mobility Experiences for Children with CVI, Complex Communication and Physical Impairments with Christine Wright-Ott

Live webinar: April 21, 2021
1 – 2:30 PM PST

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This webinar will discuss the use of hands-free support walkers and demonstrate how these mobility devices can change the lives of children with severe physical limitations, cortical visual impairments, complex communication needs.

Topics will include The Bridge School’s use of hands-free support walkers and share research on the impact of self-initiated mobility on development. Specific information will focus on how staff consider visual behavioral characteristics of CVI and design interventions that use hands-free support walkers to:

  • facilitate language and communication,
  • encourage the functional use of vision,
  • promote interaction, self-determination and learning.

Video case examples will help illustrate intervention strategies, such as how to mount low tech and mid-tech communication devices on walkers and/or in the environment so children with CVI and complex needs can access them. Wheelchair mobility options for children with CVI will also be discussed. 

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe 3 opportunities or activities that children with complex physical and communication needs with CVI can experience using self-initiated mobility
  • Identify a Visual Behavioral Characteristic of CVI and describe an intervention strategy to consider for a child who uses a support walker
  • Describe a support walker feature which should be considered for children with CVI

Christine Wright-Ott is an internationally known Occupational Therapist who specializes in research and development of assistive technology for children with complex communication needs and severe physical disabilities.  She has been a consultant at The Bridge School for over 15 years where she integrated self-initiated mobility into the educational curriculum. 

Christine was the principal investigator and designer of the KidWalk, Gobot and MiniBot Projects, while working at the former Rehabilitation Engineering Center at Stanford. She has worked at California Children’s Service, Children’s Hospital at Stanford and West Valley College High Tech Center. She is a frequent lecturer at international and national conferences and local universities. She has authored the chapter “Mobility” in previous and now the 7th Edition of the book, Occupational Therapy for Children.