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Newsletter: CVI Lessons

Hi,

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.

Best wishes

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.

In this issue..._

  • Level 4 Self Referencing
  • Level 5 CVIs Basic (Occipital)
  • Level 6 CVIs Visual Field Impairments
  • Level 7 CVIs Movement and Dorsal
  • Level 8 CVIs Ventral

Level 4 Self Referencing

4a Your World 4b Limits of the Mind 4c Their World with CVI4a Your World 4b Limits of the Mind 4c Their World with CVI

Level 5 CVIs Basic (Occipital)

5a Introduction to CVIs 5b Reduced Visual Acuity 5c Reduced Contrast Sensitivity 5d Colours5a Introduction to CVIs 5b Reduced Visual Acuity 5c Reduced Contrast Sensitivity 5d Colours

Level 6 CVIs Visual Field Impairments

6a Hemianopia 6b Blindsight 6c Hemi Inattention and Neglect 6d Lower Visual Field Impairment6a Hemianopia 6b Blindsight 6c Hemi Inattention and Neglect 6d Lower Visual Field Impairment

Level 7 CVIs Movement and Dorsal

7a Dyskinetopsia 7b Optic Ataxia 7c Simultanagnostic Vision 7d Apraxia of Gaze7a Dyskinetopsia 7b Optic Ataxia 7c Simultanagnostic Vision 7d Apraxia of Gaze

Level 8 CVIs Ventral

8a CVI and Recognition Introduction 8b Impaired Facial Recognition 8c Impaired Recognition of Facial Expressions 8d Impaired Route Recognition8a CVI and Recognition Introduction 8b Impaired Facial Recognition 8c Impaired Recognition of Facial Expressions 8d Impaired Route Recognition

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