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Overload

The other day I had been working hard in the garden and I came in tired.

I knew I had put my keys down in the kitchen, but could I find them? I searched high and low, gave up, and went to bed.

The next morning when I came downstairs, there they were on the kitchen table! I couldn't believe it. I'd missed them!

Yet I knew why. I had been so tired that I wasn't able to give enough visual attention for my search.

We all get overloaded at times.

Life is like juggling balls and sometimes we drop one.

But what has this got to do with cerebral visual impairment?

Perhaps the commonest visual difficulty experienced by those affected is one of not being able to see a lot of things once, which means that crowded places are hard to handle and it can be hard to find things.

Our amazing brains not only re-create all aspects of the world around us, whether they are visual, auditory, or relate to touch, or smell. They also have to cope with distractions like pain and discomfort, as well as our thoughts and emotions, not to mention tiredness.

Is it any wonder that we all can become overloaded by all of these things.

So what do we have to do to help a child whose brain has difficulty re-creating their mental visual world for themselves, from the world around them.

The answer?

Identify and eliminate as many of these distractions as possible, to provide the brain-space for whatever is the most important thing of the moment.

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