We’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling lately with our Little Bear, which has forced us to come up with some new ways to keep visual stimulation in his daily routine. Since it is impractical to travel with a light box, we began exploring apps that effectively turn our iPad into a mini light box! We are happy to say we found a couple of apps that work quite well! These apps are typically used by photographers to view slides, but they work just as well for kids with CVI.
We have tested a few of these and our favorite is:
LED Light Box by Gregory Gineys ($1.99): A very simple app that turns the iPad into a solid gray screen, a solid white screen (which best approximates a light box), or a solid red screen. It’s easy to use and without any distracting ads since it is a paid app. Unlike some other light box apps, it’s not overly complicated and doesn’t have a lot of settings and features that are unnecessary for our purposes.
Any colored yet see-through objects work well on the light box. Some of our favorites include brightly colored scarves in Lukas’ favorite colors and Gel Gems, which are soft, gel-like shapes that can be stuck to windows, shower walls, mirrors or other smooth surfaces. They come in a variety of shapes and colors, so you should be able to find some that work for your child. Light box activities are great in the evening when there’s less natural light to distract. Visit our Facebook page to let us know what items you find work best with a light box.