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The Delrey School has recently refitted one of their classrooms and altered the curriculum to better serve the needs of students

The Delrey School in Lansdowne, Maryland, has redesigned one of their classrooms in order to improve learning for children with multi-sensory impairments, after noticing that several students show signs of Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI).

The Delrey School has recently refitted one of their classrooms and altered the curriculum to better serve the needs of students with multi-sensory impairments. Sara Kempler, a special educator at the Delrey School and Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland noticed that several of the students were having trouble processing faces or complex-looking work. She appealed to her professor, Dr. Sandra Newcomb, for help. Ms Kempler commented, saying “[Dr. Newcomb] came out and she looked at a couple of our kids and told us that they had characteristics of CVI. Of 10 students, most of them had characteristics, but had never been diagnosed by a doctor."

Dr. Newcomb is an expert on CVI, and member of Connections Beyond Sight and Sound – a partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education and the University of Maryland. The Delrey School is piloting this program in the hopes to expand it, allowing more students with multi-sensory impairments in Maryland get the tailored education they need.

The school already served children with disabilities throughout Maryland State, but have recently adapted to better suit the needs of these newly diagnosed students. "We slow things down, we repeat a lot of information for a long period of time," Ms Kempler said. "The students get their own sets of materials that they don't have to share." These materials include vocabulary cards and props which increase the number of senses used to learn information, Ms Kemplar explained.

The Russett School, is an Ofsted rated Outstanding special needs school in Cheshire, takes particular interest in reports like this. A spokesperson for the school commented on the story, saying “It’s fantastic to see other schools in other areas working towards helping students with multi-sensory impairments by adapting their classroom and curriculum to better suit the students’ needs. Students with visual impairments such as CVI don't have incidental learning like everyone else; they don't learn by watching other people, and need to be taught in a particular way that allows for their brain to understand what their eyes are seeing. Improvements to education systems like this opens up a whole new world to them."

“The Russett School is the only provider in Cheshire for pupils and young people with Multi-Sensory Impairment. We share our expertise through our Community, Outreach and Training Service (COaTs) by providing support for colleagues working in a wide range of educational settings. Currently we are working with over twenty two Preschools, Nurseries and Primary Schools.

Headteacher, Catherine Lewis believes that the work at Delrey School is closely linked in providing the same outstanding provision for pupils with MSI as the Russett. Being a centre of Excellence for pupils and young people with complex needs has strengthened our position within the wider community of Special Education.”

The Russett School is an Outstanding provision based in Weaverham, Cheshire in the UK and is the only specialist learning difficulty school in the country to have achieved the Gold Quality mark. The school is proud to cater for children with various learning difficulties, and fantastic facilities help them in their academic, personal and social development.

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