CCVI offers a comprehensive program, including individualized therapy, consulting services, and supportive family education. Services are provided beginning in infancy through our home-based Infant Program, and continue on with our Preschool & Kindergarten classes, preparing children for entry into the public or private school systems.
CCVI staff includes professionals in occupational, speech-language, and physical therapies, as well as in the specialized instruction areas of braille, music therapy, and orientation and mobility.
Physical therapists (PTs) work on skills that include a child’s ability to assume and maintain postures and perform movements. Gross motor strength, balance, and coordination fall into areas of expertise for PTs. PTs may work on a child’s ability to roll, sit, crawl, walk, run, perform ball handling skills, jump, climb, or ride a tricycle. PTs recommend mobility and positioning devices for home, community, and classroom use.
Occupational therapy studies the development and activities of people from birth to old age. Occupation does not mean a job in the traditional sense, but how people in different stages of life spend their time in meaningful and functional activities. Pediatric occupational therapists analyze and focus on behaviors that support a child’s play, self-care, and other "occupations" of childhood.
For a child who is visually impaired, their hands are a very essential tool for learning and they will learn primarily from the tactile information obtained with their hands. Occupational therapists who work with visually impaired children must focus on functional hand use. For children, these tasks include cutting, lacing, eating and dressing independently, keyboarding, coloring, and handwriting.
Developing tasks like the ones just mentioned are often challenging as many students with visual impairments are defensive about using their hands to explore their world, which can be loud, scary, and uncertain.
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) work on a variety of communication skills for children with and without visual impairments. These skills can include speech articulation, voice production, language vocabulary and grammar, understanding basic language concepts, feeding and swallowing, and social aspects of communication. SLPs help support the need for auditory and tactual compensatory strategies and promote braille and print literacy. For students with more complex challenges, an SLP can help provide alternative and augmentative communication training using tactile sign language, tactile symbols, or communication devices.
Our therapeutic pool is used as an adjunct to our physical and occupational therapy services. Our pool water temperature, as well as the ambient air in the pool room, are kept at approximately 92 degrees. The pool contains three different depths, and includes stairs and a zero entry ramp. Utilizing the unique properties of the water (including buoyancy, resistance, and hydrostatic pressure) can increase functional outcomes in a motivating environment. The properties of the water can have positive influences on muscle tone, strength and control, flexibility, pain management, and overall fitness. Aquatic Therapy is beneficial to children with visual impairments due to its rich sensory feedback; the use of moving water increases visual attention and promotes ease of movement in a reduced gravity environment.