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Has the student ever had sight? Can she see anything now (light,
For some of my blind/visually impaired students, I give them scented
to use. This enables them to independently choose the desired color that
they want, identifying it by scent. I sometimes acclimate them to the
of the paper, etc. by guiding their fingers over the perimeter. You can
scent paints as well. Other things I do: place a shade-tex texture place
under the paper, so the student feels the crayon lines that they make
hear as it is drawn), go over the contour lines of the shape, etc. with
glue. Let it dry, and the student can feel the contour. Sculpture is
easier to adapt. Sometimes I've found that some students who are blind
reluctant to touch messy materials. In that case, I might give them
(which they quickly dispose of because they find out that the bare hand
works better), let them manipulate through a ziplock bag, or gradually
them to touch and worm more/longer with the material.
Oh, don't forget to ask the child what she might want/need.
the kids are so adapt at adapting for themselves that they know excactly
what works best for them. "Melissae" <melissae>
Sandy... I recall a school for the blind using our product Shrinky Dinks
their students. What they did was to provide shapes, ie A Fish or
You can use a template or one cut out of thick cardboard. Have the
feel and draw around the shape, or in the case of a pre-cut template,
inside... Teacher cut them out with scissors and baked them to Shrink
original size and the piece became nine times thicker. Now, after the
or pieces were done, the teacher let them hold and feel. She used a
of shapes and students would feel and tell what they were. Feed back
that the student could not believe the size difference before and after
baking. All that is needed is a Toaster Oven. Teachers use them all of
time in the classroom.
I hope I conveyed the idea. You can also punch and hole in piece
with a standard paper punch before Baking and use Yarn to create a
keychain, ornament, etc... A collection of plastic shapes, created by
blind student, would also serve as a lasting learning tool and having
created by the student, should re-inforce the ability to create
Shrinky Dinks has a web site: www.shrinkydinks.com... Would suggest
100, Frosted Ruff N' Ready shrinkable plastic as you can use any Colored
Pencil or a normal No. 2 pencil to create shapes.
Well, it is another idea to put into your "Pot of Ideas"... (smile)
Sculpture sculpture sculpture! Gooey clay is great! Best wishes,
Joseph Augusta <jaugusta>
-- Sandra Hildreth Home Page: http://www.northnet.org/hildreth Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660 School Pages: http://www.northnet.org/mwcsart/mwart.htm Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617