Just under a year ago we published out first sets of lessons. The aim was to teach CVI, step by step, in a way anyone from any background could learn, including parents and carers of children and adults with CVI, and all others with an interest, whether personal or professional.
The lessons are designed for busy lives, and a short video from your tutor, Professor Gordon Dutton, is followed by simple explanations using many diagrams and images specifically created for this purpose.
The early lessons covered an introduction to the brain, how we learn and an introduction to the different visual areas of the brain.
The next lessons, now available on our website cover the following:
Level 4 Self Referencing
What is self referencing and why have we included it? It is something we all do... we imagine everyone has the same experience of the world as we do. We are pre-programmed to do this, so it's not a criticism - BUT - with CVI this is a problem. Self referencing creates a barrier between things being learnable and accessible, or not. Parents do it, teachers do it, doctors do it, therapists do it, friends do it, and to make things even more complicated, people with CVI do it too! We all do it. We need to pause and think.
Level 5 CVIs Basic (Occipital)
Explaining the CVIs affecting visual acuity, colour and contrast.
Level 6 CVIs Visual Field Impairments
Different types of visual field impairments from different parts of the brain affecting the visual field in different areas and different ways. Different visual field impairments are very different!
Level 7 CVIs Movement and Dorsal
Dorsal stream dysfunction was recently described as "a dynamic, fluxing, and complex constellation of symptoms and signs" (BJVI editorial Jan 2020 https://bit.ly/2VdTN7R). With video tutorials, many images and step by step guidelines, we are explaining this difficult but profoundly important area, affecting so many with CVI, particularly children. Step by step, we can all learn.
Level 8 CVIs Ventral
Introducing the different causes of recognition difficulties most with CVI are affected by, and in this level, specifically where recognising faces, facial expressions and routes are difficult. Future lessons will look at more recognition difficulties, particularly affecting shapes and symbols, which can affect learning including reading and writing.
PLEASE, if you haven't already, read the early lessons, as we refer to these explanations throughout.
We hope you find these interesting and enjoyable, but most importantly, useful.
The CVI Scotland Team
A big thank you to the RS MacDonald Charitable Trust for their grant, which made these films possible.PS Everything new can be found in our Updates section, and via Twitter @scotlandcvi and our Facebook Page.
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