April 21, 2019  

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USM Children’s Center’s Colon Recognized for Specialized Training in CVI

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Jillian Colon

When we think about visual impairment, one of our first assumptions is that there is an impairment with the eyes. Something about the eye must be keeping one from seeing clearly. However, for those with Cortical Vision Impairment (CVI) that assumption is incorrect.

CVI is a type of vision impairment that relates to the brain, not the eyes. Essentially, when one has CVI, their eyes are healthy and able to see, but their brain is not interpreting what is being seen. There is a lack of communication between the brain and the eyes, which typically comes as a result of an injury to the brain.

CVI is now the leading cause of visual impairment in children and it often goes undiagnosed. And once diagnosed, the techniques for providing therapy differ greatly from those for children with other types of visual impairments.

There is a great need for more professionals trained in these specific techniques, and on Monday, July 23, Jillian Colon (speech language pathologist at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at USM) became the first official CVI Range Endorsee in the state of Mississippi, thanks to extensive training and experience working with children with CVI.

 “I’m so thankful to have had the opportunity to learn more about CVI and how I can most effectively help children who have this diagnosis,” said Colon. “The great news is that with the right techniques and a lot of hard work, it’s possible for children with CVI to improve their use of vision. And I’m grateful for The Children’s Center for providing me with the opportunity to further my education and become better equipped to help our children with CVI.”