This study hopes to find out approximately how many children may be affected by CVI and what is the best way of identifying who might be at risk.
We have so far:
1. Recruited 11 mainstream primary schools in Gloucester, Southampton and North Somerset.
2. Collected school based information on children, including ethnicity, known diagnoses and any additional needs.
3. Collected teacher report data on a brief standard 25 item questionnaire about each child in their classes in years 1-6
4. Collected parent report data on a 6-10 item survey about their child/ren in years 1-6
5. Conducted nested detailed assessments of approximately 10% of children in a ‘Looking Activities’ session on school premises (with parental consent), led by a specialist vision researcher
Feedback for schools
We are busily analysing all the information that we have collected and we are now visiting our participating schools with as much information as possible. We will tell the schools about the overall study results – and the particular children in their school who seemed to struggle with the vision tests in a way that suggests CVI. We will visit each school with the results for any children who appeared to us to have vision problems, with advice on how to help and a note for onward referral if needed. We will bring copies for the parents, so they will get a copy of whatever the school gets if there were any problems, or notification that all seemed well to us if their child didn’t have any problems with the tests we used. We would also be happy to meet and discuss any specific results if that is useful for families, when we visit the schools.
CVI Scotland: http://cviscotland.org/