Wednesday, 12 January 2011

'SLOW DOWN YOU MOVE TOO FAST ...'

'...Got to make the morning last'.  That was Simon and Garfunkel 'feeling groovy'. Its as if they had an insight into the world of the brain damaged CVI child. With them it's all about slow motion. Slow it down is what I say.
 
CVI children have slower responses to other children and gaining their attention takes longer. One rarely receives an immediate response from a child with brain damage and visual impairment. There is always a waiting time. With CVI children there is a distinctly slower response time. To use an analogy from the world of information systems, it is as if there is not enough RAM in their computer-brain, or as if there are too many programs open. It was said that Windows Vista needed 1GB of ram to run. If you loaded this OS and only had 250meg of Ram the processing of every programme stopped or slowed right down; it would take ages just opening one document.  As they say it can be like watching paint dry and it can be very frustrating.  It is just the same when there are too many programmes open in your computer, or even when the network or internet is busy. The system runs much slower than normal.That is how it is with your avaerage CVI child. Dont expect them to react quickly. Dont expect an immediate answer. Wait...Wait...Wait...Wait...

And give them time...

Dont do things for them...

Wait for them to do things for themselves...



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