In trainings in the past, participants have asked if they we could provide a simulation activity for CVI and (C)APD. It is difficult to imagine what children may encounter when their visual and hearing “brain” is not functioning efficiently. Each child’s brain is affected differently and so the only way we may get some “clues” would be to observe their behaviors. And, to make things a bit more complicated, the visual cortex is not the only part of the brain that helps us see and make sense of things; nor is the auditory area of the brain the only part that responds to sounds! Think about scenarios where, even if you can see and hear, you cannot understand – or when it takes time. Here are some random examples:
In short – try to make up something where sounds go into your head, as do visuals, but where you cannot really make sense of things.
Take a look at the link: www.ecb.org/wymf and read about “Emmy’s Song”. Alcy Sivyer became friends with Emmy in High School. This provides insights into what Alcy imagined Emmy’s world might be like. Emmy is a young woman with CVI and, possibly APD. She can both “see” and “hear” – but the brain’s interpretation is erratic, different, and sometimes difficult to understand. If you would like to learn more about Emmy herself – take a look at http://www.indee.tv/films/view/emmys-story-3 -- also by Alcy Sivyer.
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