I recently saw an awesome post on the Paths to Literacy Website from Deena Recker about books for students in different CVI phases. Check it out here. It’s a great post as she outlines different characteristics for Phases I, II, and III. She also provides free downloadable books to be used for students with CVI. I downloaded this fun one, Bill the Duck and the Ladybug. My SLP intern and I decided to make this into one of our adapted book kits!
We adapted/ included a few things in this kit. First, my intern put the story on a black background. Next we found a rubber duck and a light up ladybug (it’s Easter time so CVS is packed with tons of little spring light up toys like this). My intern has been reading this with one of our students who has characteristics of CVI Phase I. He’s been very clearly looking at the pictures in the book and saying “turn” to ask her to turn the page with his talker! She also reenacts the story using the story props.
Next we made a simple counting book to go along with the story. We followed the same guidelines and kept the text on one page and the picture on the other. We kept the background black, used bright text, and added some glitter to our spots to make them more visually attractive. On the last page of the book, we made a ladybug with removable spots. The Velcro on the ladybug is painted red so that it blends in. We did this so that it would not get confusing when counting “spots” on the ladybug if there were less than 5 black spots on. Then we made black spots with some glitter on them (again to make them more visually attractive).
We provided teachers with a few ways to work on numbers and counting while using this interactive activity. We included ideas for labeling numbers on a student’s talker, following directions with numbers, and counting.
You can find the PowerPoint with the instructions for our adapted book kit here. Enjoy!