Dr. Dutton Interviews the Mother of a Child with CVI

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Dr. Gordon Dutton
 
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Fiona Lovett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In August 2010, the staff of Emerald Education Systems traveled to Glasgow, Scotland to record Dr. Gordon Dutton, Pediatric Ophthalmologist for the new Cerebral Visual Impairment course. During the planning of the course, Dr. Dutton told us about the story of one of his patients, Harrison Lovett. EES thought that others could benefit from Harry's story.

 

The interview is between Dr. Dutton and Harry's mother, Fiona. It includes many of the daily challenges faced by a child with CVI and mild cerebral palsy from a mother's perspective.

 

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Minutes old and I knew something was different
 
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Harrison at 24 weeks old

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Part I, Fiona talks about Harrison not responding like a normal infant. Her motherly instincts told her something was wrong. "Harry's life before diagnosis was pretty laid back because he really wasn't aware of the world around him. As you can see from the photos he became more aware once he could be propped up (which makes sense given his lower visual field loss). Harry first met Dr. Dutton on July 9th 2001 (at 2 years 9 months of age) and that is when his life really began". The next three parts, published over the next several weeks, will discuss the changes in the life of Harry from age 3 to 12.

 

In Part II, Dr. Dutton will pin-point the specific difficulites faced by Harry such as lower visual field impairment, the guidance of movement of his hands. and his inability to see in the near distance. Fiona will discuss some of the approaches she has taken to remedy these difficulties. Also, Dr. Dutton and Fiona discuss coping strageties for Harry to find toys, to find clothes in order to dress himself, and to view the television.

 

In Part III, Dr. Dutton and Fiona continue the conversation about Harry’s Cerebral Palsy. Dr. Dutton and Fiona also discuss some of the approaches to increasing mobility by reducing clutter and keeping the environment the same at home and in the classroom. In addition, Dr. Dutton talks about some optimal teaching and learning strategies for children with CVI.

 

In Part IV, you will hear about the social and emotional impact of Harry’s visual impairment such as his difficulties reading, forming friendships, and playing sports. Fiona and Dr. Dutton discuss the coping strategies that have helped Harry grow socially and emotionally.

 

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Harrison at 20 weeks old
 
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Harrison at 7 months old, propped up and more aware of the world
 
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Harrison at 14 months old at Christmas 1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the course, Cerebral Visual Impairment in Children: A Practical Approach, Dr. Dutton goes into greater detail about the causes of CVI, challenges a child with CVI faces daily, and intervention strategies for parents and teachers to help the child cope with CVI.

 

For more information on the course, click here

 

Photos courtesy of Fiona Lovett.

 

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Calum, Fiona and Harrison
 
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Harrison at 2 weeks old
 
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Harrison at 9 weeks old and oblivious to the world
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The Lovetts in August of 1999
 
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Harrison at Christmas 1998
 
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Harrison at 7 months old, on a swing for the first time. He LOVED it!
 
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Harrison and his sister Bryony at Christmas 1999
 
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Harrison aged 2 and dressed as his hero Bob the Builder
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BobBob was his first word such was his love for Bob the Builder
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Harrison and Bryony at Christmas 2000
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Harrison playing in August 2000
 
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Harrison at 2 years 6 months old
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Harrison at 2 years and 9 months old learning to walk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Feb 10 2016
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I takes a lot of work and deadication to work with a child affected by CVI. This will help children to be more self sufficient in the long-term. The children are beautiful in every way. 

 

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Sep 5 2014
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Being Parent


Being a parent is a whole bunch of things & most likely everyone mum will give us a different answer.

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This is a very interesting article. I really enjoyed reading it.

 

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Jun 30 2011
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Thank You


Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share Harry's story  We were fortunate that we had Prof Dutton as part of our team because he was able to see Harry for what he was and who he could be given appropriate support.  All we want is for our children to reach their full potential and, hopefully, by sharing our experiences we can help make this happen for other children.

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