We will use the term distracted to mean when your child:
Being distracted is very commonly linked with CVI, particularly in children.
Think about being in a busy supermarket, but they are short of staff and normally ten tills would be open, but today it is only one. So the queues very quickly build up, and it is very difficult for everyone to be processed efficiently, creating irritation. But it is not the fault of the one person on the only till doing their best to keep up and keep everyone calm.
Think of your child's brain like the supermarket with only a few tills open. So very quickly things can build up and become unmanageable.
What you need to do, to help your child, is a bit of 'crowding' control!
Reducing the amount their brain has to process when distracted by looking to reduce:
Being distracted is thought of as a negative behaviour, and something your child is choosing to do - THIS IS OFTEN NOT THE CASE!
So the first thing you need to make sure you child knows - is that this is not their fault. Their brain has too much to process, it is not something they can easily control - but the grown-ups can help enormously. As you learn the conditions that make distractions more of a challenge for your child, think about how you can implement changes from the above list, to all the places where they spend their time. Think about their classroom, and other parts of their school, and activities outside of school.
The distractions caused by CVI can create a considerable barrier to learning, and your child could start to fall behind at school. Wherever they are struggling, think abut the person on the till in the supermarket trying to cope with an overwhelming number of customers. Between you, agree what would help, for example sitting at the front of the class, or somewhere quiet, and chilling out at lunchtime at school, in a quiet uncluttered space.
3D Brains - Images of pathways in a brain with and without CVI. Think of the tills in the supermarket when you look at them.
Gordon's Dutton's blog 18 - Showing how overwhelmed a child with CVI can easily become, leading to distractions.
Attention & Its Calibration - Distractions and CVI is a complex area, and if you have a few spare minutes it is worth reading this page which simply explains why your child is easily distracted.
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