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Early vision and general development is vulnerable in children with visual impairment in the early years. Early intervention is critical for ensuring optimal visual and developmental progress.
The Developmental Journal for babies and young children with visual impairment (DJVI) is an early childhood intervention programme for babies and young children with severe visual impairment. It was developed by clinicians and clinical researchers from the Developmental Vision Programme at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and UCL Great Ormond Street Institute for Child Health (main authors Dr Alison Salt and Dr Naomi Dale). In 2005 it was commissioned by the English central government to be disseminated as the national early intervention framework for children with visual impairment and their families.
The DJVI is a systematic framework tracking developmental and vision progress from birth to three years of age (or equivalent developmental age). It aims to:
Who is this for?
The DJVI is designed to be used, in partnership with parents, by qualified clinicians and specialist professionals working in services providing support to babies and young children with visual impairment and their parents.
The applicant for license requires an institutional email address. The license provides access for the named license holder to the digital version of the DJVI and its usage. (Refer to license for conditions of usage).
Parents should contact their local visual impairment services for further information about how they can access support. They can also access additional information about services for children with visual impairment at http://www.rnib.org.uk/parentsguide.
What it includes
The DJVI package includes:
Introduction: Describes how to use the DJVI
General overview of development: Explains the principles of development in babies and young children with visual impairment
Getting Stuck?: Practical suggestions to help with behaviours and aspects of development that may be causing difficulty for young children with visual impairment
Developmental journal booklets: Stages 1a – 5 are for tracking and recording development in all areas: Social and emotional development; Communication, language and meaning; Play and learning; Movement and mobility; Towards independent self-care.
Activity cards: Stages 1a – 5 provides practical suggestions about how to help a child move forward to the next developmental steps
Developmental profile: Provides a summary of a child’s progress and how it changes across all areas of development
Summary records: Provides a summary of all themes and individual steps across all areas. Recording of progress and goal setting can be updated and maintained by the practitioner for their records.
Vision record and activity cards
Record of developing vision: A record for tracking the progress of functional vision development Developing vision activity cards: Practical suggestions for how to promote vision development
Visual environment and visual materials cards: Suggestions to guide the choice of toys and objects to suit a child’s current vision and need
Education and training for users
Before using the DJVI it is strongly recommended that the licence holder undertakes the on-line training course - Developmental Journal Visual Impairment Part 1 and 2. This permits the licence holder to have the underlying knowledge of relevant developmental principles and techniques to ensure safe and effective intervention.
This is available through the Health Education England/ Royal College of Paediatric Child Health e-learning for healthcare Healthy Child Programme - Early Developmental Support training course. https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/healthy-child-programme/
Other training packages relevant to the use of the Developmental Journal are also available on this training portal.
A national scientific investigation of its effectiveness has been completed (OPTIMUM project) and a second edition, including new aspects arising from the OPTIMUM project, will be available in the future.
File description:User Manuals
File name:1. User Manuals.zip
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File description:Developmental Journal Booklets
File name:2. Developmental Journal Booklets.zip
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File description:Activity Cards
File name:3. Activity Cards.zip
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File description:Vision Record and Activity Cards
File name:4. Vision Record and Activity Cards.zip
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