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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 →

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 →

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 →

A secondary learner with low vision uses a mobile phone to source and access information

September 19, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Phonebook exploration

Figure 1 Phonebook exploration

Loa is a 16 year old learner with low vision who is in Year 12 at her local High School and at times she has needed to rely on friends to assist her with phone communication.

Renee Jones describes how Loa has been exploring ways to access communication and information sources independently through the use of a mobile phone.  In figure 1 Loa is exploring the phonebook using a Ruby Electronic Magnifier. Continue Reading →

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