Seeing Success: AAC Intervention for Children with CVI


February 1, 2022


Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI), the leading cause of vision loss among children in the US, is a brain-based visual impairment.  This means that students may have no physical vision impairment and are able to see, but they have difficulty interpreting what they are seeing.  CVI is characterized by ten visual behaviors/characteristics that may improve and/or resolve given the proper learning strategies to support increased vision use and discrimination.  Each individual with CVI has a unique profile of visual characteristics that must be taken into consideration when supporting communication and learning. Many students with complex disabilities including CVI use alternative augmentative communication (AAC) systems to communicate.  SLPs may lack understanding of the visual characteristics of CVI and how they can impact AAC assessment, intervention, and use. This webinar will explore the visual characteristics of CVI and how they can impact AAC intervention.  Using case studies, specific strategies will be shared to help students make progress in their language and communication skills using AAC.  Finally, SLPs will learn accommodations and modifications for AAC systems and intervention. 


Amanda Soper, MS, CCC-SLP

Learning Outcomes:

Identify at least 3 AAC access methods that individuals with CVI can use to access AAC systems.

Describe at least 2 strategies for modifying AAC devices to meet the needs of individuals with CVI.

Discuss at least 3 intervention strategies for teaching vocabulary on an AAC system to individuals with CVI.


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