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Teaching NZSL alphabet to a primary learner who is deafblind and has down syndrome

October 14, 2015 by blennzict | 0 comments

Child sitting on a chair signing W with her hands

Figure 1 Grita signing W

Grita is a 10 year old girl who is deafblind, has Down Syndrome and developmental delay.  She is blind in her left eye and has 4/60 vision in her right eye.

Grita is in a mainstream setting and is attending her local primary school.

Here BLENNZ Resource Teacher: Vision Lynlee Pendrigh who is her weekly ORS teacher, talks about how Grita uses key New Zealand Sign Language signs and speech to communicate alongside her peers in the classroom.

In figure 1 Grita is signing the letter W. Continue Reading →

A 15 year old student learns to walk again

March 28, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Teuaki walking in the clasroom

Figure 1 Teuaki walking in the clasroom

Teuaki is a 15 year old student at Homai Campus School. He has spent the last few years recovering from a brain tumour that has left him blind and with bilateral hearing loss.

Initially Teuaki was seated in a wheelchair with his legs crossed and his head resting on his knees. He was unable to hold his head up and was tube fed.

Lynette Spurdle, BLENNZ Homai Campus School teacher describes how Teuaki has been working to regain his physical skills.

In figure 1 Teuaki is walking in the classroom supported by the hoist and sling. Continue Reading →

Developing Communication in a Bilingual Setting

March 28, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Nevaeh pointing to cat in the book

Figure 1 Nevaeh is pointing to a cat in the book

Nevaeh is a 3 year old girl with a history of bilateral congenital nasolachrymal duct obstruction, nystagmus, and refractive error.  She also has Down Syndrome.

Nevaeh is learning how to communicate within a bilingual setting at her local Kohanga Reo.  She is beginning to use the Makaton sign system, gestures and some speech to support the development of her communication skills (figure 1) in English and Maori.

Gina Robinson, BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision describes how she has introduced Nevaeh to signing as a communication tool which gives meaning to her language. Continue Reading →

Using a visual timetable to support personal organisation in the classroom

June 5, 2012 by chrissiebutler | Comments Off on Using a visual timetable to support personal organisation in the classroom

Activity symbols on visual calendar

Figure 1 Activity symbols on visual calendar

Molly’s visual timetable

In the classroom, Molly, aged 6, is using a visual timetable as a visual prompt. Each activity has its own symbol and they are placed on a velcro strip so Molly can see what is coming next.

As each activity has its own special equipment, Molly has been gaining skills in finding what she needs, organising the resources around her in a useful way and then putting them away once the task is complete.

Linda Ojala (BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision) describes how she has worked in partnership with Molly’s family and the education team to support Molly’s management of her own resources for learning. Continue Reading →

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