CVI and the Math Mind

Approach math from a perspective that incorporates multisensory learning and CVI adaptations, supports, and accommodations

close-up of a student completing a math worksheet

Parents know how difficult math concepts can be for some of our kids with CVI. So many visual skills and visual processing skills go into math concepts such as 1:1 counting, number sense, time, and equations. We also know that our kids are very capable and have workarounds for a wide range of tasks in life. How can we approach math from a strength-based perspective, one that incorporates multisensory learning and CVI adaptations, supports, and accommodations?

CVI Now hosted a live virtual event on CVI and the Math Mind, held on February 12, 2021. Matt Tietjen, a TVI and leader in the CVI field, presented and answered parent questions

Participants will earn 1.5 continuing education credits by completing an online assessment based on the presentation.

Learning Objectives:

1. how math happens in the brain,
2. why CVI can make math difficult,
3. neuroplasticity, potential, and opportunity for growth,
4. promising practices for helping kids with CVI learn math, including multisensory approaches and CVI adaptations and accommodations,
5. next steps to continue studying math and CVI.

Watch the recorded conversation on CVI Now, or register for continuing education credits on this page.

Matt Tietjen, TVI and M.Ed, is an education consultant and teacher of students with visual impairments in Connecticut. Matt is a leader in the CVI field. He developed the What’s the Complexity Framework that enables educational teams to evaluate and address barriers to a visually accessible school day.

Meet the Presenters

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).
Approximately one hour
1.5 Continuing Education
1.5 Professional Development
1.5 CTLE