This webinar explores the impact of the visual behaviors of CVI on the development of independent living and self-care skills. It will offer concrete, realistic strategies that can be implemented in a home or residential context to support skill development and further students’ independence. A general background on CVI will be included, as well as a discussion of the impact of CVI on the development of independent living skills. The visual behaviors associated with CVI will be explored, as well as means of facilitating skill development using the visual behaviors in a supportive manner. Considerations will be given for the home/residential context, including strategies for adaptations in various functional settings (meals, bathing, dressing, etc.) founded in principles of occupational therapy.
Nikoletta Livingston is an occupational therapist in the Perkins Secondary Program, with a particular interest in cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI). Nikoletta loves to collaborate with educational teams and families to explore creative methods of supporting students as they work to attain greater independence in daily living skills.