Neonatal Assessment Visual European Grid (NAVEG)
As the first and only pediatric blindness organization in the Rocky Mountain region committed to serving children during their most critical developmental years, we recognize the importance of developing a reliable, evidence-based CVI screening protocol for newborns and infants with a suspected CVI diagnosis. We hope you’ll join us on this first step to develop effective educational and therapeutic interventions for this vulnerable population.
In 2018-19, Anchor Center strengthened our partnership with Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children (RMHC) in Denver. After several months of hard work, our Research Director (Dr. Catherine Smyth) and lead Pediatric Ophthalmologist (Dr. Robert King of Children’s Eye Physicians), as well as two designated teachers of students with visual impairments (TSVIs), each received approval to directly screen newborns at risk for a Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) diagnosis in the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Once screened, qualifying children are referred to Anchor Center for formal assessment (using the Neonatal Assessment Visual European Grid or NAVEG instrument) and early intervention. These efforts are key to our new and groundbreaking research initiative – spearheaded by Dr. Smyth and Dr. King – to evaluate the impact of early CVI screening, assessment, intervention, and education for young children. As CVI is the leading individual cause of pediatric blindness in developed countries, and the only known visual impairment where improvements in functional vision are possible, we anticipate that this research study will have a profound impact on child outcomes as they relate to visual, developmental, educational, and social-emotional health. Moreover, with an ever-expanding expertise in the CVI field, Anchor Center is now well-positioned to become a leading resource for similar organizations – both nationwide and across the globe.
From Hospital to Home: Using Early Visual Functioning to Support Families
WEBINAR: Early visual skills in pre-term and full-term infants are an early sensory system to develop to support the infant’s learning potential. In this presentation, Dr. Catherine Smyth, Director of Research at Anchor Center for Blind Children, will describe the project, and report on their current findings.