Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy / Therapeutic Recreation

  • Cortical Visual Impairment / CVI Range

    Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) often have typical eye exams. However, there are behaviors that are common to children with CVI. Parents often report that their child:

    • Stares at lights on the ceiling
    • Enjoys playing with toys that light up and make sound
    • Make poor or no eye contact
    • See objects better close up rather than far away
    • Likes toys / items of a certain color (i.e. red, yellow)

    Older children may:

    • Have difficulty finding things in their environment (restroom sign, game on a cluttered shelf, items in a store)
    • Trip when walking (i.e. miss steps or curbs)
    • Difficulty telling the difference between similar letters (i.e. i and l; b or d).

    Children with CVI can see but have difficulty understanding what they are seeing. With proper treatment, children with CVI have the potential to improve.

    Why Choose Us? 

    Occupational therapists on the CVI Team at Children’s have specialized training. They work closely with the doctors (Ophthalmologists) to:

    • Evaluate a child’s functional vision
    • Make sure proper vision services are in place

    Therapists also help families:

    • Understand how their child sees best
    • Develop and improve skills
    • Find solutions to problems
    • Provide suggestions to set up or change an environment

    Who Can Benefit? 

    Children who have a diagnosis of CVI will benefit from this service. CVI is also frequently seen in children who were born prematurely and / or have a diagnosis of:

    • Brain Injury
    • Cerebral Palsy
    • Hearing loss
    • Microcephaly
    • Seizures
    • Stroke

    Location of Service

    Occupational therapists at the Cincinnati Children's Main (Burnet) Campus and Liberty Campus are trained to assess the functional vision of children with Cortical Visual Impairment.

 
  • Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) can see but have difficulty understanding what they are seeing, but with proper treatment patients have the potential to improve.

    Children with Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) can see but have difficulty understanding what they are seeing, but with proper treatment patients have the potential to improve. 

  • Our Treatments and Services

    We have a reputation for using the latest therapeutic approaches to achieve the best possible outcomes for our patients. Our specialized programs range from aquatic therapy to vestibular rehabilitation.

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  • Contact US

    For more information about the Division of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy, call 513-636-4651 or email us at otpt@cchmc.org.

    To schedule an appointment with OT, PT, or the Motion Analysis Lab, call 513-636-4651 and select option 1.

    To talk with a Financial Services Representative, call 513-636-4651 and select option 2.