University of Edinburgh

Sensory Rooms and Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI)


Dennison, Elizabeth & Lueck, Amanda Hall
Summit on cerebral/cortical visual impairment: Educational, family and medical perspectives: Proceedings [of the conference held on] April 30, 2005
AFB, 2006
ISBN 0891288171
Papers and presentations from the conference.

Dutton, Gordon N & Bax, Martin (eds)
Visual impairment in children due to damage to the brain
MacKeith Press, 2010
ISBN 9781898683865
Authors from many of the major research teams in the field of cerebral visual impairment have been brought together to present a comprehensive view of this important subject.

Fowler, Susan
Multisensory rooms and environments: controlled sensory experiences for people with profound and multiple disabilities
Jessica Kingsley, 2008
ISBN 9781843104629
A practical guide to using multisensory environments with ideas and strategies including low cost solutions.

Fowler, Susan
Sensory stimulation: sensory-focused activities for people with physical and multiple disabilities
Jessica Kingsley, 2007
ISBN 9781843104551
Practical activities to stimulate the senses, including food-based activities, personal care and arts and crafts.

Longhorn, Flo
Sensology workout: waking up the senses
Flo Longhorn, 2007
ISBN 1900231964
About the use of and development of the senses for learning, particularly for children who have severe disabilities.

Lueck, Amanda Hall & Dutton, Gordon N (eds)
Vision and the brain
AFB Press, 2015
ISBN 9780891286394
A textbook to explain cerebral visual impairment in a way that families, educational and medical professionals could understand and use to enhance children's prospects.

McPhail, Pete
Soundbeam in special education: movement into music
Soundabout, [2003]
Soundbeam is a musical instrument which can be played by children with special needs through use of movement in space from very minimal such as eye movements through to dancing. This book allows teachers to get the most from their equipment.

Pagliano, Paul
Using a multisensory environment: a practical guide for teachers
David Fulton, 2001
ISBN 1853467162
This book provides teachers and therapists with a user-friendly bank of ideas and suggestions for use in the MSE for pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties. (Series: Resource materials for teachers)

Roman-Lantzy, Christine
Cortical visual impairment: an approach to assessment and intervention
AFB, 2007
ISBN 9780891288299
This book lays out a structured and sequenced approach to working with children diagnosed with CVI.

Shaman, Donna
Team approach to cortical visual impairment (CVI) in schools
Donna Shaman, 2009
This was written in partial requirement for a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy through the University of North Dakota.

Tallent, Aubri; Tallent, Andrei; Bush, Fredy
Little bear sees: how children with cortical visual impairment can learn to see
Little Bear Sees, 2012
ISBN 9781936214822
Offers an insight into the experience of parents of children with cerebral visual impairment. The authors report on practical uses of Christine Roman-Lantzy's seminal work on this subject.

Zihl, Josef & Dutton, Gordon N
Cerebral visual impairment in children: visuoperceptive and visuocognitive disorders
Springer-Verlag, 2015
ISBN 9783709118146
State-of-the-art account of what is known about the development and disorders of visual perception in children, their assessment, early intervention and management from a scientific and clinical perspective.


Blaikie, Andrew; Khan, Ashraf; West, Laura
Focus on ... premature birth and eyesight
Jan/Feb 2010, No 25, p43
Looks at some of the causes and symptoms of vision problems in premature babies.

Brown, Sylvia
Taking shape
May/Jun 2010, No 27, p18-21
Describes strategies for helping Mary, who has CVI and complex needs, to explore shape and number concepts.

Comerford, Margaret
Seeing the light: a visual stimulation programme
Eye Contact
Summer 2003, No 36, p20-22
Using multisensory environments and techniques to help stimulate vision in children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment.

Denziloe, Judy
Making sense of play: part one
Mar/Apr 2010, No 26, p18-20
Features the types of play that are appropriate in sensory rooms.

Denziloe, Judy
Making sense of play: part two
May/Jun 2010, No 27, p29-31
Explains how to make a really good sensory room and where you can save money by shopping around and using everyday items.

Dutton, Gordon
Children with visual processing disorders. Part 1: A different view: Field loss and seeing movement
Mar/Apr 2006, No 2, p12-16
An ophthalmologist's approach to dealing with children who have a visual field loss due to brain damage including practical advice to enable children to make the best use of their sight.

Dutton, Gordon
Children with visual processing disorders. Part 2: difficulty seeing information in complex scenes
May/June 2006, No 3, p21-24
An ophthalmologist's approach to helping children who find it difficult to pick out information from complex scenes due to cerebral visual impairment.

Dutton, Gordon
Children with visual processing disorders. Part 3: difficulties with attention and communication
July/Aug 2006, No 4, p20-24
An ophthalmologist's approach to helping children who find it difficult to communicate and pay attention due to cerebral visual impairment.

Frebel, Henner
CVI?! How to define and what terminology to use: cerebral, cortical or cognitive visual impairment
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2006, Vol 24 (3), p117-120
Lays out the arguments and common usage of the three terms for CVI.

Harwood, Janet
Cerebral visual impairment
May/Jun 2014, No 51, p26-28
First of a series of articles exploring the difficulties that can occur in processing visual information.

Harwood, Janet
Cerebral visual impairment and profound and multiple learning disabilities
Sep/Oct 2014, No 53, p29-32
How to help children develop their full visual potential when they have both CVI and profound and multiple learning disabilities.

Harwood, Janet
Supporting children with cerebral visual impairment
Jul/Aug 2014, No 52, p26-27
This 2nd article looks at practical strategies to support children who have cerebral visual impairment

Hirstwood, Richard
Communication in multi-sensory rooms
Feb 1998, No 23, p20-31
Discusses communication options within the multisensory room.

Kerambrum, Sylvia
State-of-the-art learning at Rutherford School
Jan/Feb 2012, No 37, p36-37
A school redevelopment allowed careful planning of interactive and sensory environments for children with complex needs.

Little, Suzanne & Dutton, Gordon
Some children with multiple disabilities and cerebral visual impairment can engage when enclosed by a ‘tent’: Is this due to Balint syndrome?
British Journal of Visual Impairment
January 2015, Vol 33 (1), p66-73
This article describes and reflects upon the use of diffusely coloured 'tents' to enclose children with their therapist to improve attention, engagement and understanding in children with multiple disabilities and cerebral visual impairments.

Lovett, Fiona
Parent's voices: learning journeys
Jan/Feb 2011, No 31, p20-22
A parent tells how 4 key figures helped her son with CVI to get the right kind of education.

McKillop, Elisabeth ... [et al]
Problems experienced by children with cognitive visual dysfunction due to cerebral visual impairment: and the approaches which parents have adopted to deal with these problems
British Journal of Visual Impairment
Sept 2006, Vol 24 (3), p121-127
Provides a detailed account of the approaches which parents described as being helpful in the day to day care of their children with CVI.

Pagliano, Paul
Pleasure, happiness and learning in the multisensory environment
Nov/Dec 2007, No 12, p32-33
The last of three articles by the author on the enjoyment factor of multisensory environments and the positive effect this has on learning.

Pagliano, Paul
Where next for multisensory environments?
Jul/Aug 2007, No 10, p36-38
Considers the state of current research into the use of multisensory environments with children.

Pagliano, Paul & Cook, James
Understanding and using multisensory environments
Sept/Oct 2007, No 11, p30-31
Puts forward a working definition of MSEs and how they can be used to build on the brain's ability to repair itself.