This post provided by Gwyneth McCormack from Positive Eye, a UK based Educational and Training Consultancy for professionals who work with children with a visual impairment.
Gwyn’s Top Tips!
- Use contrasting equipment in bright colours where possible.
- Use bright colour paint to highlight the edges of equipment.
- A set of scratch free equipment kept specifically on a tray for the child’s use, ensures access is as good as possible. Also this saves time in child collecting all the equipment and enables a prompt start to the exercise.
- An empty tray with lip for child to work on, also makes equipment location easier
- Equipment can be blu-tacked or taped down to the table to prevent it from being tipped over.
- Make vocabulary flashcards with adapted diagrams of equipment.
- Food colouring can be added to water to make it stand out in clear container.
- Placement of a piece of coloured or white card behind the beaker can make the measurements easier to see.
- Use models, 2D representation, adapted diagrams to explain processes and understand concepts, reinforced with verbal explanation.
- Mark scales using large print/braille labels.
- Use wikki stix and bump ons to make highly visible, tactile markings on scales.
- Standard tape measures can be marked by sticking plastic strips to the scale.
- String can be knotted at known distances apart and painted bright colours to provide a cheap measuring string.
- Use Braille Embossing Film to draw the object that is being examined under the microscope.
- Place small objects to be viewed under the CCTV