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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 →

Young learner with CVI builds Visual Efficiency skills using a Light-box

March 28, 2013 by blennzict | 0 comments

Reading at home

Figure 1 Jhia at home reading

Meet Jhia – she is two years old, she has a diagnosis of cortical visual impairment (CVI) and has right retinal detachment. Jhia is learning in her home and she has begun attending a playgroup one morning per week.

Jhia is supported by her Resource Teacher Vision Raewyn Radford. In figure 1 Jhia is reading a book at her home. Continue Reading →

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