CVI Range assessments

A student improving his functional vision through a Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) activity

The ‘CVI Range’ has been developed as an assessment and intervention framework based on the premise that functional vision in children with CVI can be improved through systematic interventions, tailored specifically for the individual child.

The ‘CVI Range’ is an appropriate tool for assessing CVI in children who

  • have a medical history involving some kind of neurological developmental delay or damage
  • have atypical visual functioning, yet no evidence of ocular damage.

WESC Foundation  is able to offer ‘CVI Range’ assessments to families, local authorities or other agencies who want to gain a better understanding of a young person’s functional vision and have some positive suggestions and strategies for making the most effective use of that vision.

Assessments are conducted by WESC Foundation staff who are experienced in the education and habilitation of young people with a visual impairment.

Why CVI Range assessments?

The aim of the assessment is to identify the presence of typical characteristics of CVI in an individual child and to evaluate the impact each of the characteristics has on a young person’s learning and living.

The combination of these elements of the assessment identifies where on the ‘CVI Range’ a young person is and indicates what interventions and adaptations could be employed in order to help the young person to make sense of and best use the functional vision they have.

What happens at an assessment?

The assessment process involves:

  • Interviews with parents/carers – parents and carers are key to gaining a better understanding of a child’s functional vision.
  • Direct face to face assessment – a structured vision assessment is conducted to confirm some basic visual abilities
  • Informal observations – unstructured functional vision assessment in an appropriate multi-sensory environment.

How to find out more

If you would like more information (including costs) please email Richard Ellis, Head of VI Specialist Services, or call 01392 454288.