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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 →

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 →

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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