Monday, November 25, 2013

Lily travels with Olivia

Olivia and Lily have been very busy this past week.  They have been getting to know each other and Lily has been wonderful in sharing her vast knowledge with Olivia.  Lily has also been traveling around the Ohio Valley showing off all of her skills.  Here are some thoughts by those that have met and have been working with Lily LightAide.

Miss Mary, OT
"The various features of the LightAide allow me to work with Olivia on visual perceptual concepts in a more engaging and fun way for her.  We have worked with concepts such as big versus small, same versus different, patterning, and matching.  It is also a great tool to help with learning shapes and letters because Olivia can now visualize these better with the use of the LightAide.  She is able to then trace the letters with her finger and then form that shape/letter with manipulatives like paper, pencil, etc.  Her visual attention was better on the LightAide compared to other desktop activities.  I think using the LightAide helped her focus for longer periods of time."


Miss Debbie, Paraprofessional
"My name is Debbie.  I am the paraprofessional who works one on one with Olivia.  I met Olivia a few times last year at her old school.  I wanted to get to know her and of course let her become acquainted with me.  In August we started our first school year together.  Olivia has such a love for everything she does!  She just lights up everyone who works with or near her.  Olivia tries so hard with learning the alphabet, numbers, and shapes.  There are times when Olivia can’t recognize the items and can become frustrated.  We just practice and continue the next day.  When I first sat down with Olivia and worked with Lily, I was amazed.  I was amazed at how well she sat and was attentive to the lights and activities!  Most of the time, the activities in school can’t hold Olivia’s attention for very long.  She will then become upset and discouraged and we will need to move on.  We haven’t’ had this problem with Lily.  Her attention and the ability to do the activities encourage Olivia to do well and stick with it!  We have had wonderful days with Lily at our school!  We also have another little boy in our class with CVI who also had the chance to work with Lily.  He too loved the activities and did amazing!  I am so glad we were able to experience this learning aide and what a great tool it is for any house or classroom."


Miss Nikki, TVI
"My name is Nikki Richardson; I have been working with Olivia for three years.  Olivia has always been a joy to work with: She is pleasant and always tries to do her best.  Olivia wants to learn and wants to have the correct answer when asked a question about what she is being taught.  Although there have been some difficulties, Olivia has made tremendous progress in all developmental and academic areas.  The one problem that has remains consistent for Olivia is the inability to maintain visual and cognitive attention for long periods of time.  Olivia has not shown much intrinsic interest in any assistive device or developmental toy. This was true until she was able to interact with “Lily”. Olivia is engaged like never before when she is using “Lily”.  It is amazing to watch as she enters the room and immediately sits to begin working with Lily to learn her shapes, colors, letters and numbers.  She is so excited to show us what she can do!  This sense of accomplishment is causing Olivia to feel successful and helping her to gain confidence in the area of academic achievement. This will only facilitate her love for learning, and provide a format in which she can do so successfully."


Visually Impaired (VI) Program   
    Jefferson County Educational Service Center Visually Impaired support program provides designed instruction to students whose visual impairment adversely affects their educational performance.  Teaching activities, including orientation, mobility instruction, and Braille instruction, focus on the acquisition of specific competencies from the Expanded Core Curriculum.  Specialized materials, technical assistance, technology support, assessment, acquisition and training in the use of assistive devices for the visually impaired are provided.  These enhance the students’ opportunities for academic success in an inclusive educational program.

For more information on the LightAide Backpacking program, please visit: http://www.wonderbaby.org/articles/backpacking-lightaide-program

For more information on the LightAide, please visit: http://www.perkins.org/store/lightaide/




…our adventure continues
Olivia’s mom