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CVI and books…well, you see most books are too complex for a child with CVI to make sense of. So we start slow, and we make our own. The idea is to take an object the child already knows and photograph it in a variety of positions. Then make copies of it in a variety of sizes. Then you paste it onto a black page first large and alone, then small, then in different positions, then with another object, then with more complexity behind, and keep going. The idea is to train the brain to recognize that Elmo is defined by being red with white googly eyes, whether he is big or small, just a head or a whole body. That the beach ball is also red and white, but it is not Elmo. Eventually, the child will be able to pick out Elmo even in a complex scene.

I plan to make this book, but am still getting the pictures printed and cut out. So I thought I would adapt a board book with some of those same concepts. I took a Baby Noah World Animals book and made a few changes.

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First I covered the complex white pages with all the descriptors over with black construction paper. In one case I blacked out the background of the hippo, because it was too complex.

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Next I printed out the animal names in 46 point Comic Sans Font, black with outline and a yellow (10) glow text effect. After trimming this very tightly to the letters I glued it to the middle of the newly blacked page.  I did this because Dr Roman-Lantzy has been working on a literacy method which involves using word shape and favored colors to teach kids with CVI to read. I figure it can't hurt to start getting words written in this way in front 'Buddy'.

Then I outlined the animals with yellow glitter glue to help draw his eye to the important parts of the image. I used alligator clips to keep the pages apart while the glitter glue was drying.

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Lastly I went online and purchased some resin animals to match those in the book, so we can talk about 2D versions while playing with the 3D versions to help him make the leap into the world of symbols.

Wish us luck! It should be dry soon.



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