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CVI strategies for equipping your home for Early Intervention

Find helpful ideas for organizing your home and playtime, and everyday objects to support your child’s routine 

Written by: Kara Baskin

Most of your child’s learning happens at home, especially when they’re babies and toddlers. Their learning is “incidental” — meaning it occurs spontaneously, during the course of a normal day. Babies learn how to grab a spoon by watching you eat. They smile in response to yours.

Children with CVI sometimes miss out on incidental learning opportunities due to their vision. Vision encourages the curiosity to explore and inspires the motivation to be independent. For example, babies who see their older sibling walking want to walk.

The good news: You can equip your home and design a daily routine to maximize incidental learning opportunities. You guessed it: This includes creating an optimal setting for early intervention (EI). Often, your EI providers are happy to help with this process.

Easy ways to prepare your home for Early Intervention

EI usually takes place in your home. Happily, this is where your child probably feels safest and most relaxed—and familiarity leads to better learning outcomes and more confidence.

As such, kids with CVI tend to do best with minimal visual clutter. More visual stimuli means that your child’s brain needs to work harder to focus. A minimalistic, comfortable space with familiar items in consistent places will help your child thrive.

Here are some helpful ideas for organizing your home and playtime

For even more great ideas, we love the list over at Everyday CVI.

Everyday objects to support your child’s routine 

CVI hacks! We all love them. Here’s inspiration for some easy-to-find items that may make life just a little bit easier. Best of all, you might already even have some of these things at home. Repurposing is key!

All stocked up? Now learn about how to address visual skill development within play-based activities and natural routines.

Find more resources and helpful information on the CVI Now Early Intervention Series home page.

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