Tactual Profile MDVI
In children and adults with a very serious visual impairment, the touch is an important compensating sense to obtain information about, for example, spatial aspects, shapes, size of objects, people and other things that are in a room. For clients who have a mental handicap in addition to a visual impairment, it is more complicated to gather information about their environment. It is of great importance to them that they make optimal use of tactile information.
In need of a special version for MDVI
Since the original Tactual Profile was not especially developed for this target group, we thought it was not the appropriate instrument to use for MDVI. The verbal instructions were too difficult to understand and the steps in development too big. This was supported by professionals who use Tactual Profile. They made a strong request to develop a special version for the multiple disabled visual impaired. And that is what we did. We developed a special MDVI version of Tactual Profile to observe the tactual skills of this target group.
Differences between the two versions
There are several differences between the regular Tactual Profile and the MDVI version.
The first is that prior to an assessment, an extended interview will take place with a person who knows the MDVI person well. This can be a parent, teacher or care taker in a setting for MDVI persons. The reason for this, is that the attention span for achieving an active assessment is much lower in MDVI persons.
The steps in an assessment are more refined than in Tactual Profile. The instruction is less verbal and when possible non-verbal.