Just to recap: C.'s school organized a one day conference about children with Cortical Visual Impairment. Nearly all the lectures were given by a guest expert hailing from the US.
One idea that headed her list was to bombard CVI children with red or yellow (whichever of the two appears to grab your child more). That means: red/yellow masking tape to cover the handles and rims of daily objects; red/yellow cloth pony-tail holders wrapped around them.
Here's what we did to C.'s hairbrush. (I bought the narrow spool of tape which cost a fraction of the wider version.)
The guest expert offered many more practical tips which I'll share in my next post. For now, I'll segue to C.'s school for a glimpse at gross neglect - at least that's what I'd label it.
First some background. I have decided to draw portraits of the children in C.'s school for the purpose of an exhibit. To my shock, the principal welcomed the idea. Next, I gave the principal my letter requesting parental consent to photograph and draw their children toward that end. I promised the families a quality copy of their child's portrait. The principal promptly printed and distributed my letter in the children's schoolbags. So far, some ten parents have consented.
In the course of photographing the children I'm learning some disconcerting facts.
For instance, one child whose parents' consent was stashed away in a remote classroom on the basement level. He was the sole student in the bare room with two staff members who studiously ignored him. Here he is as I encountered him:
"Yes, his mouth," was the smart-alec retort.
"How about a toy?" I countered.
As soon as this one was placed on the child's desk, the student began to skillfully bead it.