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Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Journal July


Latest Quarterly Journal of:
Developmental
Cognitive Neuroscience

(Volume 7: January 2014)

2012 Impact Factor: 3.160

Optimum VI Project

Early development and support of babies and young children with a visual impairment

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Funding Bodies: Fight for Sight, RNIB, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity

Principal Investigator:

Dr Naomi Dale (Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Head of Psychology (Neurodisability) & Consultant for Developmental Vision Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Joint Lead:

Dr Alison Salt (Consultant Paediatrician (Neurodisability) & Consultant for Developmental Vision Clinic, Great Ormond Street Hospital)

Investigators (listed in alphabetical order):

Dr Chris Clark (Imaging and Biophysics Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health)

Dr Michelle de Haan (Reader in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Unit, UCL Institute of Child Health)

Dr Michelle O'Reilly (Senior Research Associate, Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health)

Dr Elena Sakkalou (Senior Research Associate, Neurosciences Unit, Institute of Child Health)

Summary of Project:

Childhood visual disorders affecting vision are usually diagnosed in the first year of life.  Lack of vision or very low levels of vision can affect all areas of general development and learning, such as delaying reaching early milestones.  The early years are therefore a very important time for assisting and supporting the development of children with visual impairment, in order to ensure the best possible progress in early development.  However there is still a great deal to be learned about the early development of babies and young children with severe visual impairment and also what kind of support for parents and babies or young children is most beneficial.  There are a number of different methods of early intervention and support available for babies and young children with visual impairment and we want to learn about which method may be the most helpful.

The Optimum VI Project is developed by the Developmental Vision service of Great Ormond Street Hospital which is a clinical service supporting infants and children with severe visual impairment, led by Dr Naomi Dale (Principal investigator) and Dr Alison Salt.

This research study aims to learn more about the early development of babies and young children with visual impairment, and also how different methods of early intervention and care might influence this early development.

You can find out more about the study by reading our Optimum VI flyer (see below). If you have a baby aged 8-15 months and are interested in taking part, please contact:

Dr Michelle O'Reilly - michelle.o'reilly@ucl.ac.uk  Direct Tel: 020 7599 4121

Dr Elena Sakkalou - e.sakkalou@ucl.ac.uk  Direct Tel: 020 7599 4124