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Teaching pre-braille concepts to a learner who is deafblind

November 10, 2015 by blennzict | 0 comments

Child climing onto a trampoline

Figure 1 Jacob climbing up onto the trampoline

Jacob is a 6 year old boy who attends a special school.  He has complex needs which includes being deafblind.

To assist his hearing, Jacob has recently had an operation for a cochlear implant and he is working towards understanding what sounds are and what they mean.

To help Jacob learn what is happening during his day, he has been working with his BLENNZ Resource Teacher: Vision, Baukje de Jong and his class teacher to understand the pre-braille concepts of up and down.  In figure 1 Jacob is climbing on to the trampoline. Continue Reading →

Communicating ‘More’ with Complex Needs Student

March 27, 2014 by blennzict | 0 comments

Alex asks for more

Figure 1: Alex asks for more

Lynlee Pendrigh, Resource Teacher Vision is engaging Alex, in a favourite song, so that Alex can direct the interaction by communicating ‘more’ by touching Lynlee.

In figure 1 Alex is asking for more.

He can also communicate ‘more’ by turn taking on an instrument as many times as he wants to and by pressing his “Step by Step”, where ‘more’ is spoken.

Alex is a 7 year old homeschooled, complex needs learner with cerebral palsy and cerebral vision impairment. Continue Reading →

Using Objects of Reference to Communicate Daily Routines

September 13, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Eddie touching a towel

Figure 1 Eddie touching a towel before his swim time

Eddie is a 16 year old student with low vision, Cortical Vision Impairment and complex needs.  He is enrolled with the Correspondence School of New Zealand.

Eddie’s learning involves community activities and experiences.  Travel to and from these activities have often resulted in Eddie being upset and unsettled.

Jo Mather his Resource Teacher of Vision talks about how real objects with verbal prompts/signs have helped to settle him.  In figure 1 Eddie is touching a towel before his swim time. Continue Reading →

Early reading experiences for a tactile learner

April 10, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Jacob reading tactile bookJacob is a 4 year old who attends his local kindergarten. He has limited vision and a profound hearing impairment and explores his world through the tactile system.

Jacob is learning how to access literacy through tactile collage pictures and braille.

Here his Resource Teacher of Vision, Leanne Stubbing talks about how she supports him in his learning. Continue Reading →

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