Self-Paced

An Approach to Sensory Balance

Christine Roman-Lantzy and Matt Tietjen define a Sensory Balance approach that supports both visual and tactual approaches to literacy activities and academic materials.

The Learning Media Assessment was originally designed for individuals with ocular visual impairment, to identify a primary and secondary method for accessing literacy. While the LMA outlined characteristics of students who may be primarily print or braille readers, children with CVI could meet either description depending on their Phase as assessed on The CVI Range.

Students with CVI have educational needs that are unique and often distinctly different from those of individuals with ocular forms of visual impairment. “Sensory Balance” refers to the combination of a person’s sensory learning modalities that results in the most efficient, comfortable access to the world.

In this tutorial, as part of the CVI for the TVI and Other Professionals series, Christine Roman-Lantzy and Matt Tietjen define a Sensory Balance approach that supports both visual and tactual approaches to literacy activities and academic materials.

The CVI Learning Media Profile is central to their publication, Sensory Balance: An Approach to Learning Media Planning for Students with CVI, newly released by Perkins Publications. Read reviews and make a purchase here.

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Meet the Presenters

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Christine Roman-Lantzy, Ph.D.
Teacher of the Visually Impaired; Research Associate; Assistant Professor; Author; Director, The Pediatric View Program at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center
Christine Roman Lantzy has Bachelor’s Degrees in Elementary Education, and Visual Impairment. She is a Certified Orientation & Mobility Specialist and has a Master’s Degree in Medically Fragile, High Risk Infants. Her Ph.D. focused on Cortical Visual Impairment and Infancy. Christine Roman Lantzy was a teacher of the visually impaired in the public schools for 17 years. She worked as a research associate and an Assistant Professor in higher education for 17 years and was an infant developmental specialist associated with the NICU and Follow Up for 31 years at The Western Pennsylvania Hospital. Christine Roman Lantzy is The Director of The Pediatric View Program at The Children’s Home & Lemieux Family Center in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania and provides private CVI services through CVI Resources. Christine provides workshops and consultations through CVI Resources and has had the honor to be invited to all parts of The United States and many countries outside The U.S. She is the author of Cortical Visual Impairment: An Approach to Assessment and Intervention (2007, Second Ed. 2018, Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles,2019).
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Matt Tietjen, M.Ed., CTVI
Matt Tietjen is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments. Matt earned his undergraduate degree at Cornell University. He became certified in special education certification at Southern Connecticut State University. He received his certification in teaching students with visual impairments from UMASS Boston, where he also earned his Master’s in Education. Matt specializes in working with children who have cortical/cerebral visual impairment (CVI). He developed the What’s the Complexity Framework (APH Press) out of his conviction that children with CVI deserve a visually accessible school day. Matt is passionate about teaching families and educators about CVI and partnering with them to create person-centered educational programs. Matt’s What’s the Complexity Framework appears as Chapter 4 in “Cortical Visual Impairment: Advanced Principles,” edited by Christine Roman-Lantzy. Matt presents internationally on CVI and teaches CVI graduate courses through UMASS Boston, Perkins School for the Blind, and Fitchburg State University. Matt, along with two co-authors, is currently writing a book on academic accommodations for students with CVI (Perkins Publications).
Level:
Introductory
Length:
Approximately one hour
Credits:
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 ACVREP
1.5 CTLE
Cost:
$0 - Audit (No Registration)
$55 - Earn Credits