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Boy with MDVI places his hands on the lightpadResource 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.

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There are lots of ideas on Pinterest. Here is a link to a board about sensory exploration, and it includes ideas for the lightpad:
https://uk.pinterest.com/clarejojo/sensory-exploration/

Scottish Sensory Centre: Medical Information on Cerebral Visual Impairment:
http://www.ssc.education.ed.ac.uk/resources/vi&multi/eyeconds/cereVI.html

Visit our section on Visual Impairment.

Last modified: Wednesday, 13 June 2018, 9:22 AM