Educational videos and DVDsThe Visual Impairment Program has produced educational videos and DVDs. They are available for purchase online.
- Cortical Visual Impairment in Young Children (available in DVD)
- Help Your Child See (available in VHS and DVD)
- Orientation and Mobility: Moving Toward Independence - The Early Years (available in DVD)
Cortical Visual Impairment in Young Children
Winner of AACPDM's 1997 Sage Award – Most Outstanding Video
Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is now the most common cause of visual disturbance in children. This is due to increased survival of children with significant brain damage, as well as increased awareness and diagnosis of this condition. It is frequently seen in children who were born prematurely, and those with multiple neurological disorders.
This educational material was produced in response to an expressed need for information on the part of families, as well as professionals working with children who have a diagnosis of CVI. Many aspects of CVI have proven to be puzzling to parents and caregivers of children with this condition. We have filmed/or documented eight children with varying degrees of CVI to illustrate specific signs and symptoms of the disorder and to demonstrate appropriate intervention techniques. It has also been emphasized that in most cases, children with CVI can be helped to improve their visual function.
Technical and medical terminology has been minimized in this presentation in order to make the information accessible to the greatest number of people. The DVD is available at cost to any individual or organization that will find it useful. We are grateful to the BC Children's Hospital Miracle Network Telethon Fund for financial support, and to the families featured in the presentation.
An Order Form is available (PDF).
Help Your Child See!
Vision Development of Young Children with Ocular Visual Impairment
Help Your Child See is a video/DVD presentation that provides specific information on the different stages of visual development in young children. It also describes some of the key principles that both parents and caregivers can incorporate into daily routines to encourage their child's visual development.
Dr. James Jan, Founder of the Visual Impairment Program, states, “The recognition that visual skills do not develop automatically was revolutionary. We used to see children with visual impairment who had a very inefficient visual sense. We don’t see this any more because parents, with the support of professionals, have worked very hard to encourage their children’s visual development. The fact that visual efficiency can be improved is one of the greatest medical achievements in the last 30 years.”
VHS Order Form (PDF)
DVD Order Form (PDF)
Orientation and mobility: Moving towards independence, the early years
Assisting children with visual impairments to move as safely and independently as possible
Orientation and Mobility, often referred as O&M, is the ongoing development of skills to assist children with visual impairment to move as safely and independently as possible. Through activities that encourage freedom of movement, children who are visually impaired can gain a better understanding of the world around them and learn to move confidently.
DVD Order Form (PDF)
Pamphlets Cortical Visual Impairment in Young Children, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 2010. Visual Impairment Program, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, 2010.
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