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Make Toys and Visual Stimuli for Developing Vision and Improving Cortical Visual Impairment

Harper is a sweet little baby girl that was born with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy HIE (brain injury due to asphyxia during birth) and has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. Her mom reached out and asked if I could make some toys that could possibly help her to see and improve her Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI). We are on opposite coasts and I didn't know how I could help but wanted to. It is not every day that I get to help the visually impaired to see!

I did my research and found that something that is found to help with CVI is red, light, and viewing against the contrast of a black background. I also thought of what a little girl would think is fun to look at. Here's what I made.

I just sent these to her recently and will update when I hear back from her mom and therapist what is helping. I wanted to share these projects because it was hard to find toys for developing vision and improving CVI. These are easy projects that friends and loved ones who want to help can make to support the family.

This is my first round and I'll make more as we see what she responds to and what works!

Step 1:

Harper & her twin brother <3

My research and Harper's mom came up with a list that is helpful to consider when making or purchasing CVI therapy toys, or trying to give them something that can help them see more clearly.

  • Simple and clutter free
  • Bright colors (Harpers therapist said red works well)
  • Movement
  • Lights

and her mom suggested trying faces.

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