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Re: special needs student


Date: Sat Sep 29 2001 - 23:13:30 PDT

Dr. Paula Gerson at Florida State University is in the process of publishing
a book on teaching art (or art education) to blind children.
She was my Thesis advisor in art history for medieval studies, but according
to the FSU web page her book is in the progress of being published. Look up
Art HIstory on FSU web page and find her name. Tell her Susan Sanders sent
you to her.
My daughter had a blind child in her class (did you say blind or deaf)
and this child was amazing. She painted...she carved linoleum for wood block
print....she sculpted...and all by touch or feel.

Also Helen Hume in her book The Art TEacher's book of lists has some great
ideas about dealing with specially gifted children...
I know it takes extra time...see if one or two of your students who speak her
language could be placed in the class with her to help you communicate...And
you could learn a little sign language's not hard...actually
very beautiful and it might be a way to help you help the class become more
accepting of her and willing to help...