Nina is a 9 year old girl, living in Romania, and it's my privilege to be friends with her family.
She's a gymnast of olympic standard and this year came third in Romania for her age category.
While watching her do a back flip on the high bar, my heart was in my mouth!
It seems such a dangerous thing for a child of her age to be doing. Yet she does it with ease and loves it!
I take my hat off to her teachers.
This was followed by a micro-step by micro-step approach to both developing her skills and gradually raising the bar, in more ways than one!
Now her performances, to my untrained eye, are flawless.
Slowly but surely an enthusiastic motivated little girl has never left her comfort zone, yet has attained world class skills that few could ever match.
The question is whether we can apply these micro-step approaches to children with cerebral visual impairment.
I believe we can.
What are the principles?
Like Nina, we need to help the child to be...
...in a distraction free, known, and encouraging environment.
What are the approaches?
We need to...
Does this strategy work?
I've recommended this approach to many parents over the years, who understand the nature of their child's vision and the unique limitations this creates.
The outcomes have been remarkable.
Education begins at home.
An example of the successful use of this approach in a child with CVI can be read here. Connor is functionally deaf blind due to combined severe CVI and CAI (cerebral auditory impairment) and has profound learning challenges with minimal communication, yet is learning to ride a horse using that approach.
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