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 →
Figure 1 Nevaeh is pointing to a cat in the book
Nevaeh is a 3 year old girl with a history of bilateral congenital nasolachrymal duct obstruction, nystagmus, and refractive error. She also has Down Syndrome.
Nevaeh is learning how to communicate within a bilingual setting at her local Kohanga Reo. She is beginning to use the Makaton sign system, gestures and some speech to support the development of her communication skills (figure 1) in English and Maori.
Gina Robinson, BLENNZ Resource Teacher Vision describes how she has introduced Nevaeh to signing as a communication tool which gives meaning to her language. Continue Reading →