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with Diane Sheline, Independent Consultant, CTVI, CLVT. www.strategytosee.com.

Diane: Students functioning in phase 2 are integrating vision with function.  They generally demonstrate more looking behavior than students in phase 1, but still require some control of sensory input in the environment for looking behavior to take place.  In this phase, students should be encouraged to use their vision to make something happen or to get moving.  This could include reaching for and grasping a lighted toothbrush to get ready to brush their teeth.  Reaching for a lighted cup to take a sip, or to reach for an interesting toy just out of reach, and then reach again, and then reach again, which starts the process of a combat crawl.  Students might be encouraged to visually locate and press a switch, which activates a vibrator or a fan.