Early Intervention Program
The CCVI Early Intervention Program is a comprehensive, individualized educational program for infants and toddlers (ages 0-3) who are visually impaired and blind, including children who have additional disabilities. The focus is on maximizing use of functional vision, minimizing developmental delays, and developing the use of all senses.
A multidiscipline approach is used to provide a systematic program of planned learning experiences. The Infant Team is composed of teachers of the visually impaired, certified orientation and mobility specialists, and physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists who collaborate on a regular basis to ensure quality programming. Regular learning sessions are carried out in the natural environments or the child’s home or daycare setting. Initial Functional Vision Evaluations are typically conducted at the Center and the teachers routinely update functional vision in the natural environments. Assistance and the implementation of appropriate strategies and activities, as well as valuable support and education, is provided to the parents and caregivers.
Early Intervention Program Goals
1. Provide educational and emotional support to families of a child with a visual impairment.
2. Assess, monitor, and maximize functional vision so that each child can reach his/her greatest potential in the sighted world.
3. Teach compensatory strategies to compensate for vision loss.
4. Monitor overall development while anticipating common hurdles facing infants and toddlers with visual impairments.
5. Provide a means for families to connect and to share experiences through parent group meetings and through facilitation of appropriate contacts.
6. Work with the state infant toddler service coordinators to meet the individual needs of each child and family served.