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’Opening Doors’ Part 11

Recording and Individualised Planning when using Colour Tents

Recording:

Recording sheets can be used that respond to the framework of: Visual Awareness, Visual Attending, Visual locating, Visual understanding.

Evidence and evaluation:

Recording and case study videos can usefully be used in assessment and setting up personalised planning within the curriculum. Case study evidence is particularly important as each child with complex needs responds differently. These can be used for the planning of meaningful activities according to each child's 'can do' capabilities.

Recording sheets for working in the colour tents:

It is valuable to observe differences that may emerge before and after the tent has been used.

This can be used to record responses before using the tent observing the visual sensory threshold. For example: no visual awareness other than of light and dark.

Prior tent overview recording sheet:

This can be used to record responses before using the tent observing the visual sensory threshold. For example: no visual awareness other than of light and dark.

Short Video Recordings:

Record possible changes in responses: 1) prior to the tent, 2) within the tent and 3) after tent usage. These recordings could be used for monthly or termly assessment of any small and consistent changes over a period of time.

Prior to tent observation:

Ensure comfort and good seating position.

Within Tent: Observation and Comments

Response with vision within the tent: any small step changes.

Observation of responses,for example:

To cross the threshold from non-visual awareness to visual awareness of a colour tent.

Movement of head which could be immediately or after a period of time of processing the information: note length of time.

Eyes open: gaze, how many seconds at a time?

Length of time for a response: does the visual response change?

Field of vision: Using peripheral vision, looking up?

Head control and body movement: calmness and breathing pattern?

Seizure activity and period of time awake:

Post tent:

Make note of:

Any changes in sensory awareness.

Small step changes

Evaluation of consistency in responses and ways forward or to maintain.

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