Tips for Using a Lightpad with a Young Person with CVI
Resource developed by Clare Walker, Royal Blind School
A lightpad is usually used by artists to make accurate tracings of drawings, and by tattoo artists for the same reason. It is also a great resource for children with CVI – cortical (or cerebral) vision impairment.
Use it in a darkened room, and place brightly coloured objects on the lightpad to see them in vivid colour. It is also excellent as a sensory stimulus in other ways too: use coloured sand and draw shapes or letters; fill a freezer bag with brightly coloured and scented hair gel, and maybe pieces of glitter. This is a particularly interesting experience because of the odd texture of the gel.
There are lots of ideas on Pinterest. Here is a link to a board about sensory exploration, and it includes ideas for the lightpad:
Scottish Sensory Centre: Medical Information on Cerebral Visual Impairment:
Visit our section on Visual Impairment.