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Sara: Sometimes our students have a different reflexive response to some sort of thing that's coming towards their face. They can be the...response can be completely absent. It could be delayed or it could be sometimes yes, sometimes no. And the reason why we want to look at this, um,is twofold. Well, one thing is that we wanna look at it just to get an idea of where the child is on the range and how their brain is functioning. This isn't really something that we, um, the interventions directly address. But, um, it should resolve as the CVI resolves.

Lynne: Uh-hmm.

Sara: Just kind of naturally. And you also have to think about this in response to just environmental things coming towards the student. Because if the child does not have a blink reflex, the eye could be damaged by something coming towards the child. There was a woman talking about a child who had rolled over onto her blanket, and her face was on her blanket, but she didn't have that blink reflex, and her eye was open. And the blanket was kind of rubbing against her eye. And that's something that you have to be really careful about because we don't want the eye to be damaged due to the CVI characteristic that's not resolved yet. I don't have, uh...we don't have a video of that one, but you can test that out on anybody if you just, you know, bring your...bring something towards them. And generally, we do it with an open hand because there's a less airflow with a closed air, you know, it's kind of like a fan. And we don't wanna give that other input to you, you know, to confuse the senses.

Lynne: Uh-hmm.

Sara: And not have it be a true blink reflex.