Kaleidoscope: The Cortical Visual Impairment Podcast podcast

Kaleidoscope: The Cortical Visual Impairment Podcast

Jessica Marquardt, CVI Parent Advocate

Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of pediatric visual impairment in the developed world. The eyes can see, but the brain can't interpret the visual world. Due to neuroplasticity, the functional vision of a child with CVI can improve. The number of children with CVI is growing, so why isn't anyone talking about this public health crisis? We are. Music by Storm Crews. Art by Ian Kleinfeld.

17 Episódios

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    Sweet Valentina | Cindy Younan | 17


    Cindy Younan, founder of cvijourney.com and mother to Valentina (1.5 years), describes the day during her pregnancy when she found out about her daughter’s complications. There have been highs, lows and personal sacrifices since then, which Cindy has embraced with a positive spirit. We talk about what went through her mind when she heard the terms severe ventriculomegaly, hydrocephalus and cortical visual impairment for the first time – and the steps she’s taken to educate herself and other parents who are experiencing the same thing.   Resources: cvijourney.com Surrey Place Perkins CVI Symposium Wrap-Up Podcast Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society Perkins CVI Hub Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) Anat Baniel Method
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    Hindsight and Insight | Kira Brady | 16


    Kira Brady tells the journey to her son’s diagnoses, which include cerebral palsy (CP), periventricular leukomalacia (PVL) and cortical visual impairment (CVI). We marvel at how it can be so difficult to get a diagnosis even when, in hindsight, Mason is considered a “textbook” case. A few things come up: Throwing chairs in the library. When a child doesn’t recognize his classmates. A former student who paved the way. Transitioning to kindergarten during a pandemic. Resources: Cerebral Palsy Foundation Cerebral Palsy and Visual Impairment in Children, Scottish Sensory Centre CVI Scotland Perkins eLearning The Boy Who Could Run, but Not Walk by Karen Pape Understanding Facial Recognition Difficulties in Children by Nancy L. Mindick
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    The PhD and the IEP | Barbara Lopez Avila | 15


    Barbara Lopez Avila has a PhD in developmental psychology. But she says she still feels ill-prepared to help her son Logan navigate life with cortical visual impairment (CVI). How can that be? She writes in a recent blog post for the Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society, “…while CVI is the leading cause of pediatric visual impairment in developed countries, the medical as well as the educational communities are still far behind in knowing how to diagnose and treat CVI. This leaves parents of children with CVI in much uncertainty about what to do to best help their children.” Barbara recognizes that she can’t do this alone. So, she’s taken an active role in assembling and collaborating with a team of educational and medical providers who know about CVI or, at the very least, are willing to learn about the condition and how it affects her son. We talk about finding our CVI tribe to accompany us on the journey…
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    Grace Unfiltered | 14


    Grace (8) is a vibrant second grader with lots to say. She describes what it’s like to live with cortical visual impairment – the things that upset her and the special characteristics she relies on day-to-day. She says, “I’m not afraid to speak up.” And so she does.
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    Team Archer! | Cheyanne Marcy | 13


    Cheyanne Marcy has been an advocate on big stages, on everyday social media platforms and in day-to-day life on behalf of her son, Archer (5). She values action and advocacy – and has navigated not one, not two, but three state education systems. She writes, “… I learned I was not doing enough to advocate for my child’s needs. Advocacy begins in your home, with our family and friends. It is all too easy to clam up and keep quiet. Sometimes feeling like you are explaining things over and over, then these people are close to you, so offense is taken. The challenge exists consistently.” We sit down to talk about overcoming the fear of speaking up, vital services and resources for kids with CVI and NeuroMovement.   Resources: Lighthouse Guild Tele-Support Enrollment or email moderator Judith Millman NeuroMovement practitioner Sylvia Shordike Find a NeuroMovement practitioner near you NeuroMovement sparkingtheneurons.blogspot.com
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    This Mom With a Blog | Mia Carella | 12


    Mia Carella of thismomwithablog.com shares wisdom from the head and the heart, which comes from navigating life as a CVI mom / heart mom. (Her daughter Evalyn, 8, has cortical visual impairment and a congenital heart defect.) Mia describes the ups and downs of being a special needs parent and why we should let go of the Super Mom ideal. In this episode: 2:05 – Dance programs for kids with special needs 4:45 – Moving from feeling helpless to feeling more empowered as a mom 9:20 – Explaining rare genetic disorders and little-known conditions, like CVI, to doctors #CVIsplaining 11:30 – What CVI means for Evalyn (late Phase II CVI) in her day-to-day life 13:20 – Advocating for CVI needs in an IEP meeting 18:30 – Participating in The Miracle League and making baseball adaptations 23:50 – What our kids teach us about resilience, positive outlooks and perspective 26:19 – How her blog has changed her life Resources: thismomwithablog.com pcvis.vision The Miracle League
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    Word Bubble Much? | Tommy Szalapski | 11


    Tommy Szalapski – Google accessibility engineer and CVI dad – has created a new app for CVI literacy. The Roman Word Bubbling project automates the tedious process of adding color outlining to letters, numbers and words, based on Dr. Christine Roman’s CVI literacy research and methodology. Tommy describes this project, Google’s Lookout app and emerging technologies that will benefit people with cortical visual impairment, like his daughter Jocelyn (9). Resources mentioned: Roman Word Bubbling project Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles, C. Roman (2019) CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Bookshare More on Lookout: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI Google Play Announcing the Lookout app
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    Rosalie, Small but Mighty| Stephanie Kung | 10


    Rosalie (1.5) has hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid in the cavities deep within the brain, which comes with the risk of vision problems. She received a cortical visual impairment (CVI) diagnosis from an ophthalmologist who provided her parents with accurate information, for instance: CVI is a brain-based visual impairment, her brain can learn to better understand what she sees as it makes new connections, she needs more time to look at things, and really bright colors and movement will draw her attention to objects. The doctor referred Rosalie to the state agency for vision services, but that’s where the CVI conversation stopped. “I did not have a good understanding in the moment what CVI really meant and kind of like the magnitude of how it really impacts every aspect of every day and every little thing we've been doing with her,” says her mother, Stephanie Kung. “And the fact that it's a disability that is never going to leave her. I really just didn't understand that or get a sense of that until I went home and immediately started researching and, you know, obsessively learning all that I could.” Not only did Stephanie quickly sift through the research and implement CVI-friendly strategies and routines, she started a blog called Everyday CVI, where she documents life hacks, tips and tricks for families raising a child with CVI. Stephanie talks about Rosalie’s tremendous progress, how to advocate for CVI-appropriate early intervention services and that moment when you realize you are a special needs parent. Resources mentioned in this episode: Everyday CVI Little Bear Sees Start Seeing CVI Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention Perkins School for the Blind CVI Hub
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    Emma’s Renaissance | Lynn Elko | 9


    When Emma (16) received a cortical visual impairment diagnosis at age four, CVI literature was not widely available. The consensus was “this is just what she has, live with it,” says her mother, Lynn Elko. Her family didn’t know great gains could be made. They didn’t know how to help her learn or meet developmental milestones. Then Lynn discovered what kids with CVI can accomplish with strategic, appropriate interventions that give them visual access to the world. And that changed everything. After six months living with appropriate CVI strategies in place, Emma made tremendous progress in many areas, including feeding, communication, social engagement and literacy. While Emma’s renaissance has overjoyed her family, there is also the heartbreak of not knowing sooner. Over the years they tried ocular approaches, which turned out to be “horrible and so inappropriate,” says Lynn. “We were trying everything. I think that’s what is so hard, that I missed it. And everyone in the field missed it.” The system broke down in many places – we hear this story time and again. “We cannot let other kids be Emma. We cannot let them go without appropriate interventions and services and knowledgeable staff and knowledgeable providers – because there’s hope for our kids. Because they can learn. Because they can make themselves less vulnerable when they make themselves more able. Because they’ll have a better quality of life when they’re given an opportunity to participate in it.” I couldn’t have put it better myself. Resources and events we mention: Fifth Annual Perkins CVI Symposium – July 11-12, 2019, at Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown, MA Pediatric Cortical Visual Impairment Society Annual Meeting – July 13, 2019 at Perkins Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Proloquo2Go More on literacy strategies, including bubble words and the importance of color highlighting in Cortical Visual Impairment Advanced Principles by Dr. Christine Roman (2019) and why the iPad is a great tool for CVI on CVI and the iPad
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    Helping River Read | Judy Endicott | 8


    Judy Endicott works with her grandson River (9) on his reading skills, relying on her background as a special educator and continuing education in CVI principles and practices. How does she manage to keep up with his needs, including the countless custom materials he requires to access print? What techniques does she use to motivate him to practice? Judy talks about putting the CVI overlay on River’s reading curriculum. Some suggested resources: Cortical Visual Impairment Advanced Principles, (Roman 2019) Gail Gibbons Books Book Creator App Bitsboard App Google Slides

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