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Diane: Many students in phase 1 are attracted to light, and have a hard time, difficult time, redirecting their attention towards other targets.  However, we can use light as a motivator, and to our advantage, when encouraging a child to use their vision and initiate looking behavior.  But first, you'll need to consider the environment.   

Make sure that the bright windows have the shades drawn, and/or the child has his back to the windows.  If he's looking towards the windows, and you're trying to present a visually attractive target, he's going to be staring right at the windows.  Same thing goes with a bright table lamp or a bright ceiling light.  Often times, children in phase 1 will just be watching that, and will not redirect their attention to other targets of interest.  You want to keep these targets out of their field of view.  You'll want the student to use their vision to look at an object or target, not gaze non-purposefully at a table light or a window. 

Use targets with light qualities in the student's near visual field.  Consider dimming the overhead lights and closing the shades, so that the room is darkened.  I'll just share three ideas that I've used with students.  I'll often use a bright colored slinky, and I attach a light to it on the inside, so that as it's bouncing up and down very quietly, the light shines on it and makes it stand out even brighter.  And the light that I'm using today is a small light that a bicyclist might use, they clip it on the back of their pants to alert other drivers that they are on the road.  It also has several different functions. It has a blinking function fast, a blinking function slow and a solid red light.  You can use the blinking function, but make sure that your student that you're working with does not have seizures, as sometimes the blinking lights set off seizures. 

Another item that I have used to initiate looking behavior with students is a bright red Christmas ball that has many different lights on it.  And again, keep it in front of a good solid target, low complexity in the visual field, only one item presented at a time.  Using a light box is really terrific to use with students that are in phase 1, and just starting to use their vision.  And use something like APH Swirling Mat that has some slight movement and different colors swirling around on it.  It also can be propped at different angles to help bring it into the child's field of view.