Swirly Mat Sets
Durable, non-toxic Swirly Mats™ come in two sets, sold separately: Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) and Functional Vision Assessment (FVA). The mats in the CVI set are less complex and designed to be used with students with cortical vision impairments. The mats in the FVA set are filled with glitter and other items and are useful for conducting functional vision assessments. All mats can be used for locating, tracking, color discrimination, etc. Try them with the APH Mini-Lite Box (sold separately) for a different effect. Each set includes white background mat, print and braille instructions, and a plastic carrying case.
CVI Swirly Mats Includes
1 CVI Mat, Clear with Color Disks
1 CVI Mat, Red/Clear
1 CVI Mat, Yellow/Clear
FVA Swirly Mats Includes
1 FVA Mat, Pink/Clear with Color Disks
1 FVA Mat, Red/Yellow with Sea Life Confetti
1 FVA Mat, Green/Clear with Silver Heart Confetti
Note: Always provide adult supervision when using Swirly Mats with young children. Mats are completely sealed; however, in the event of a rupture, small pieces inside the mats may present a choking hazard. Liquids are non-toxic but will stain. Use caution.
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Swirly Mat Sets: Bringing The World to our Kids
Article excerpt from the field, by Kristie Smith, M.Ed, CTVI
Originally published in the Fred's Head From APH Blog
As a teacher in the field of visual impairment, I am always on the lookout for exciting new materials. Imagine my delight when I discovered a product from the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) catalog called Swirly Mat Sets.
Swirly Mats come to you with a protective box and coverings. Each mat is made from plastic and contains beautiful floating objects. Upon initial inspection, one may feel compelled to place a Swirly Mat in front of their eyes and explore the world around them through the mat’s transparent exterior. Moving the objects contained within the mat is great fun as well. My blind students love the various texture sensations the mats provide.
Children will thrill at placing the mats on the floor and squishing the gel-like fluid tightly sealed within. The various colorful shapes inside will react accordingly to manipulation. This simple activity has been shown to enhance both lower-visual and pincher skills.
My favorite mats are those designed for children who have cortical vision impairment (CVI). Children with CVI have a visual system that more readily perceives yellow, black, white, and red rather than other colors. The CVI mats are constructed with this in mind and also include an array of less complex shapes within.
Another great idea for a Swirly Mat is to place it on the Mini-Lite Box which illuminates and enhances the high-contrast color objects inside.
When educators and parents use wonderful items like the Swirly Mat, they are helping their children develop awareness, concepts, and skills that will be the basis for years of learning yet to come.
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