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The 4th Edition of Diane’s book, Strategy to See: Strategies for Students with Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment, is available to the public at Amazon, or through this link*.
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Presentations; Diane offers a wide variety of presentations for teachers of students with visual impairment, Orientation and Mobility Instructors, therapists, general education classroom teachers and parents in the area of Cerebral/Cortical Visual Impairment.
NEW! Check out the CVI Quick Tips and Promising Practices at my YouTube channel
Strategy to See CVI Quick Tip: The Illumi-Spring
You can also click the link below to watch natively on YouTube
Or watch these additional CVI Quick Tips and Promising Practice Videos at; https://www.youtube.com/strategytosee
CVI Promising Strategy: Color Tents
CVI Quick Tip: Introducing 2D Images
CVI Quick Tip: Mardi Gras Bead Curtain
CVI Quick Tip: Controlling the Sensory Environment
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Upcoming Trainings, Presentations and Zooms for 2022 – 2023
July 26, 2022, In-Person Make ‘N Take Training, Region 1 Education Service Center, Edinburg, Texas, 9:00 – 4:00 Central Time Zone, Title: The CVI Den: Materials to Encourage Increased Visual Awareness and Attention for Students who Visually Function in the Sensory Motor Phase of Development (Phase I CVI)
August 4, 2022, In-Person Training, Louisiana School for the Deaf and Visually Impaired, Baton Rouge, LA, 9:00 – 4:00 Central Time Zone – AM Title: Literacy, Adaptations and Materials for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) – PM Title: The Learning Media Assessment (LMA) for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (with special focus on the new tool, “Sensory Balance Learning Media Profile” (Roman, Tietjen, 2020)
October 26, 2022, In-Person Training, Indiana Vision Conference, Plainfield, Indiana, 8:30 – 4:00, Eastern Time Zone, AM Title: Strategies for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Parts I and II, PM Title: Learning Media Assessment for Students with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) Parts I and II
November 4, 2022, In-Person Make ‘N Take Training, Region 6 Education Service Center, Huntsville, TX, 9:00 – 4:00 Central Time Zone, Title: Title: The CVI Den: Materials to Encourage Increased Visual Awareness and Attention for Students who Visually Function in the Sensory Motor Phase of Development (Phase I CVI)
*April 2023, In-Person Make ‘N Take Training, Region 20 Education Service Center, San Antonio, Texas, 9:00 – 4:00 Central Time Zone, Title: The CVI Den: Materials to Encourage Increased Visual Awareness and Attention for Students who Visually Function in the Sensory Motor Phase of Development (Phase I CVI)
Recent comments from teachers and others who attend my presentations;
“Excellent presentation mixing neuro background with terms used with CVI and then actual, very practical strategies.”
“Diane was an excellent presenter. As a parent of a kid with CVI, I learned so much.”
“I appreciate the wealth of information presented and how relevant it is to my practice. Great presentation.”
“So much great info – personal stories make connections.”
“Lots of great information. Down to earth and helpful. Items that I can make and use!”
“Speaker is VERY knowledgeable and the examples/materials presented are very practical!”
“Excellent actual objects that are used with different Phases.”
Recent comment from a parent, after the assessment of her son; It was a pleasure to meet you in person. I want to thank you for testing my son and for all the “tips and tricks!” that I learned. The trip to Houston was worth every mile. It’s going to be a long process and a lot of work but we have to try to do our best. Thanks again!
The CVI Den:
To make my CVI Den, the easiest, most inexpensive device that I can currently locate (as of 06/22) is the following; Pacific Play Tent/Sensory Blackout Tent offered by Oriental Trading Company
Other options from Amazon include;
Skywin Bed Tent; twin size in black
Alvantor Bed Canopy Bed Tent
An Elevated Pet Bed with Canopy (order in black). NOTE: you will have to drape a king-sized black sheet over this, leaving a small opening at the front, to watch your student
For older students in wheelchairs, I have successfully used a GigaTent Portable Pop-Up Pod – in Black
Learn more about making and use of a CVI Den for students just beginning to use their vision and even students who are high Phase 1 or beginning Phase II in the DIY section of this website.
CAD (Complexity at Distance) Screening Device is now for sale- used to observe if students have difficulty locating specific targets, at 10 feet, when presented on a typical Grade 2 or Grade 3 white board: http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/CAD-Complexity-at-Distance (see tab for more details)
In addition to information on my website, there is more information on literacy strategies at: http://www.perkins.org/resources/webinars/ and click on the Webinar titled, “Strategies For Improving Literacy Skills In Students with CVI”
Or, go to the Paths to Literacy website, to learn more strategies on literature. The following are links to these publications;
More information on general strategies can be found at;
Bubble Words (C. Roman-Lantzy): Create your own “Bubble” words at;
News Alert: There is a very small chance that certain models of the iPad (iPad 2) may be harmful to students with programmable shunts, particularly when the child gets VERY close to the iPad. Please learn more about this if your child/student has a programmable shunt and you are using an iPad with them. For more information please see;
The YouTube video titled, Apple iPad 2 and Shunts, by Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
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Disclaimer: Many of the products mentioned on this website are visually enticing and used to encourage more consistent looking behavior; they are not intended to be used as toys nor are they all entirely child safe. Children should be monitored at all times and products used are used at your own risk.