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Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): An Approach to Assessment and Intervention

Facilitator(s): Christine Roman
Date:May 08, 2017
Time:9:00 am – 3:30 pm
(includes lunch, which is not prepared in a nut/gluten-free environment)
Location: Edmonton (44 Capital Boulevard)
10044 - 108 Street NW
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Course code: 17-IE-304

Target Audience

Bring your team, (parents, TVIs, teachers, educational assistants, OTs, PTs and SLPs) for opportunities to discuss and explore possibilities for your children with CVI.

About this learning opportunity

Dr. Christine Roman-Lantzy, is a leading researcher and author in the area of cortical visual impairment (CVI). She is the author of an amazing CVI resource: Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment & Intervention. She provides educators and parents along with other team members working with children, with CVI, a manageable and functional approach to assessment and intervention. Dr. Roman’s approach focuses on success for each and every child as well as a way to track and document this success. Dr. Roman will discuss and share her new research that has resulted in revisions of the scoring guides and supports, to score the CVI Range. 

This one day workshop will explore the following areas of cortical visual impairment (CVI):

  • Overview of CVI.
  • Methods for assessment of functional vision of individuals with CVI.
  • The CVI Range. Determine the degree of CVI on a zero to ten scale.
  • Methods to design interventions and adaptations for individuals with CVI that correspond to the CVI Range scores. Interventions to improve functional vision. The interventions are organized into the three distinct “phases” of CVI. This allows for precise supports based on the status of the CVI characteristics.
  • Integrate the CVI interventions and supports, across routines of the day. Incorporate these supports into the IEP.
  • Strategies to build learning and language skills and communication.
  • Communication access. Examine augmentative and alternative communication access, evaluate recent scientific and technical advances in the areas of AAC and discussing the challenges to access AAC technologies for a range of communication activities.
  • Case studies to help identify activities specifically used to assist children with CVI to communicate.
  • Case studies of how to help children with CVI with mobility and orientation for use in OT and PT sessions as well as daily living.
  • Methods to facilitate literacy for individuals with CVI. Consider the impact of the CVI characteristics on learning and literacy suggestions for CVI-specific approaches to literacy will be explored.

This webcast features Dr. Christine Roman presenting an overview of Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).

This learning opportunity is being provided through funding from Alberta Education.

About the facilitator(s)

Dr. Christine Roman was an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Program in Visual Impairment at Marshall University in S. Charleston, WV from 1999-2005. She is currently the Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA.  She runs the CVI Resource Website, where she offers families and professionals a reliable method to contact her for information or support regarding children with CVI. She has been working in the field of visual impairment since 1973, first as an itinerant teacher and O&M specialist in the public schools and later, in university settings preparing future teachers of the visually impaired. Her training in medically fragile, high-risk infants led her to develop a parallel career as an infant development specialist in a neonatal intensive care setting. Her understanding of children with CVI is a result of the joining of her work in both educational and medical settings.