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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 →

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 →

11 year old expands her life experiences to improve her literacy

November 9, 2015 by blennzict | 0 comments

Grace standing holding her gymnastics awards

Figure 1 Grace with her gymnastics awards

Grace is 11 years old and has no light perception in her left eye and very limited vision in her right eye.  Varuni, her BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision has been expanding her life experiences to improve her literacy.

Grace is also a member of the RNZFB.  In figure 1 Grace is holding up her gymnastics medals. Continue Reading →

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 →

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