What is CVI?


Pick & Mix, Introduction

You only need to look up topics relevant to your child.You only need to look up topics relevant to your child.

Welcome to our Pick & Mix Selection!

You only need to look up topics relevant to your child.

In the following sections our aim is to provide a CVI Pick & Mix Selection for you.

We invite you to take an imaginary shopping bag along to our selections, to pick (by clicking on the links) issues you think are relevant and ideas you think may help the child with CVI you support.

Our 'stock' is made up of ideas and suggestions, picked up over decades of working with people with CVI and their parents and carers, teachers, doctors and therapists, who've shared their experiences, so others can learn.

This section is written mainly for parents and carers, but is relevant for all affected by CVI too.

If your child has limited language and can struggle to understand explanations or instructions, you may find our section Pick & Mix, Non-Verbal Children helpful.

If your child uses a wheelchair regularly or sometimes, you may find our section Pick & Mix, Wheelchair Users helpful.

This material aims to help you to better understand the ways CVI uniquely affects your child, and to give you helpful ideas and suggestions, matched to their needs.

Pick & Mix has three sections to help you identify approaches to help, matched to your child's needs.


  • 1. Personality - to help you identify your child's needs through their personality and behaviours.
  • 2. Labels - your child may have been given labels as descriptions or diagnoses. Here we explain a little about what they may mean, along with ideas to explore.
  • 3. Activities - lists of approaches to take for specific activities, in the home, at school and play, along with simple suggested solutions for difficulties caused by CVI.

In each section there are a number of options, each with its own page, so you only need to click on topics relevant to your child.

Each suggestion is brief, and there are links to pages with further useful information at the end of each page.

Home Talks

"Home Talks" is about talking with your child, either at home, or when you are both 'feeling at home', maybe driving in the car or out walking. Home talks are when you and your child both learn about the differences between your world and their world. During a home talk, you let your child teach you about themselves, so you, the parent or carer, becomes the learner.

Your child has an invisible disability, and it can be difficult to see and work out what is causing their difficulties. Together you can both learn, and make the changes that are needed. This can become very special for your child, and your relationship with your child. Your child can also use their new understanding to do more for themselves, as they get older.

Specific examples and suggestions are given in each section.

Next page: Personality


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At CVI Scotland we are devoted to helping people understand cerebral visual impairments, and together working towards developing the understanding of this complex condition.