Matias' Visual Impairment is Due to

Leber's Congenital amaurosis (no light perception)


March 6, 2020

Thirty-five-month-old Matias

After two years wearing belt cane

    Walks freely outside 

    Improved language

    Improved motor skills

Before belt cane

November 11, 2018

Push toy used briefly

Moves about holding  furniture, crawling low to the floor

Repetitive play



Improvised Mobility tool

Heavy cart


November 17, 2018

Human guide ascending stairs.

He is not able to locate edge of the ascending stair and so misses the step.

Stationary play

Improvised Mobility tool

Heavy wooden chair

Human guide.

Neither tool promotes expansive concept development.

Stationary play with cabinets

He attempts to cross open space, but returns to the cabinets, calls for a guide.

Human guide descending stairs.

He is not able to locate edge of the stair

He does not know how deep the stair is.


Human guide poor path detector (hint only a cane can be that).

Human guide is better for orientation (where)

Improvised Mobility tool

Heavy chair

November 26, 2018

Human guide descending stairs.

He is not able to locate edge of the stair

He does not know how deep the stair is.

Matias doesn't come when called until she reaches out and offers him her hand.

Improvised Mobility tool


December 9, 2018

Improvised Mobility tool

Heavy wooden chair


December 16, 2018

Just add the cane

Human guide inside

Cane locates objects in path

With belt cane

December 15, 2018

Tearful belt cane introduction.

Matias cried each time mom put the belt cane on him.

his family found a way to communicate the cane will remain on.

December 18, 2018

Human guide with granny hand.

The cane tip locates the edge of curb, a bush, the surface ahead.

January 5, 2019

Matias walks independently.   

January 18, 2019

Walking in the snow.           

He is pulling his mom forward eager to explore.

January 26, 2019

Descending stairs better with belt cane


January 29, 2019

Dancing to the music with belt cane.

February 25, 2019

Human guide with belt cane

March 20, 2019

April 30, 2019

May 12, 2019

Wearing belt cane at home

August 12, 2019

Matias freely explores mall    independently walking in the mall.

Belt cane prevents him from bodily colliding with a store. He controls cane shafts and moves them about at will.

August 25, 2019

Freely crossing open space   

Age-appropriate play

September 14, 2019

Matias says "cane".  

Cane skills:

He understands when he is told his cane is stuck and frees is cane.

October 19, 2019

Outgrow belt and busted cane.  

November 30, 2019

Outgrow belt and busted cane.  

December 31, 2019

Matias wears his cane playing in the creek water.

February 3, 2020

Ascend stairs wearing belt cane



March 28, 2020

Playing catch with dad   

wearing belt cane 

Running, because he likes to run.

Control his cane with his free hand

Cane skill shorelining

He reaches his right hand, to investigate what cane contacted, touches the wall.

Letting go on sidewalk.    

Matias is being encouraged to let go of his guides' hand during the walk.

July 10, 2020

Rod cane skills

Matias attempts to use a rod cane for safe mobility. He does not create a cane arc and so this is not yet the correct mobility tool for him.

August 6, 2020

August 14

Return to belt cane

Matias walks about the home and outside. He is newly back to wearing his belt cane again.

August 16

Matias is an expert belt cane user once again, able to walk on grass with it- it takes finesse.

August 18

Belt cane locates drop-off

Matias walks more steps with fewer prompts when wearing his belt cane.