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A student who uses braille learns social skills

March 1, 2016 by blennzict | 0 comments

Student outside playing charades

Figure 1 Boston is beginning his charade of what makes him feel happy

Boston is an 11 year old student who is blind. He is in year 6 in a mainstream class at his local school.

This year Boston has been working on developing his social skills around friendships. This helps Boston to articulate how he is feeling (figure 1).

Here Boston’s BLENNZ Resource Teacher: Vision (RTV) Judy Fox talks about how this process has helped him to understanding his own feelings and those of his peers.

Figure 1 Boston is beginning his charade of ‘what makes him feel happy.’ 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 →

Young student who is blind learns to communicate through music

November 4, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Arama sings and moves to the music

Figure 1 Arama sings and moves to the music his electronic drum plays

Arama is a four year old student who is blind.  He is learning to communicate with others through music.  He is using a drum as this is a familiar and motivating instrument for him.

Dolina Butler (BLENNZ Resource Teacher for Vision) describes how she has used the drum to support Arama’s communication skills.  In figure 1 Arama is singing and moving to the music his electronic drum plays Continue Reading →

Brain Gym as warm up to learning computer skills for Dolphin Guide user

October 31, 2013 by blennzict | 1 Comment

Ashley at the computer

Figure 1 Ashley at the computer

Ashley is a 16 year old blind student who attends a unit at his local high school.

He is working with his Resource Teacher Vision, Virginia Ashby, learning to make use of the keys on the computer keyboard so that he can make choices after listening to the instruction on the Dolphin Guide computer programme.

Figure 1 shows Ashley at the computer. Continue Reading →

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