[blindkid] Help needed~Recess

Richard Holloway rholloway at gopbc.org
Fri Sep 18 05:25:36 UTC 2009


Stacy, I'm curious-- how large is this school? You mentioned a school  
nurse which makes me think this may be a fairly good sized place.

I cannot remember a church around here, even one with only "parent's  
morning out" (or just Sunday School for that matter) which didn't have  
at least a minimal playground. All I can imagine is maybe the physical  
location prevents a playground?-- It seems that surely if they want to  
have kids there, they'd already have a playground it it were possible,  
no?....

I don't know so much about "demanding" things, especially in a private  
school setting. If memory serves, at least in our state (Georgia), the  
school system doesn't even have to offer services at all after age 5  
in a private school setting, though they may choose to do so in some  
cases and I seriously doubt these services will be offered by a  
private school for less than a small fortune.

My most immediate hope would be that there is available space and  
through perhaps a group of parents, steps could be taken to work for  
the benefit of the school towards having a safe playground for all the  
kids. That's the sort of goal that a group of parents (even a small  
group) may be able to work towards with rather speedy success.

Long-term, I suspect you may find (as we did after a couple of years)  
that the advantages of private school may ultimately be outweighed by  
practical concerns and the vision-related resources available through  
public schools.

Good luck,

Richard




On Sep 17, 2009, at 8:50 PM, Peter Donahue wrote:

> Hello Mary and listers,
>
>    Between demanding that a playground be constructed and insuring  
> that
> this girl receives O&M along with training in the use of other  
> alternative
> techniques of blindness will not only benefit her but the other kids  
> as
> well. It sounds to me like she's relying too much on her residual  
> vision
> which would explain the constant accidents. Here's hoping the  
> situation can
> be remedied soon.
>
> Peter Donahue
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Merry-Noel Chamberlain" <owinm at yahoo.com>
> To: " (for parents of blind children)NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List"
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 6:21 PM
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Help needed~Recess
>
>
> I agree. Sounds to me like she needs some Orientation and Mobility  
> with
> training in the use of the long white cane. I would NOT recommend  
> painting
> an area that she must stay in and for others to join her. This would
> actually hinder her from exploring and just being a child. The paint  
> may
> also keep kids out - which is what I'm sure you don't want to  
> happen. Has
> anyone gone around the area with her to help her get a picture of the
> design?
>
> Merry-Noel Chamberlain, NOMCT
> Orientation and Mobility Instructor
>
> --- On Thu, 9/17/09, Peter Donahue <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
>
>
> From: Peter Donahue <pdonahue1 at sbcglobal.net>
> Subject: Re: [blindkid] Help needed~Recess
> To: "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List, (for parents of blind children)"
> <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Date: Thursday, September 17, 2009, 9:55 PM
>
>
> Good afternoon everyone,
>
> This sounds like a situation easily fixed by the use of a white cane.
> Perhaps some cane travel instruction is in order. Hope this helps.
>
> Peter Donahue
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Stacy Lemmon" <slemmonrn at spotlight-music.com>
> To: <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
> Sent: Thursday, September 17, 2009 4:01 PM
> Subject: [blindkid] Help needed~Recess
>
>
> Hi all! I need your help, input, suggestions. Adison is 5 and has low
> vision. She attends a parachoial school for kindergarten. There is no
> playground/equipment. The kids play outside in the parking lot.  
> Everyday
> Adison has gotten hurt and ended up in the nurse's office...skinned  
> knees,
> elbows, bumped head etc. She has gotten hurt even when I've gone in  
> to help
> with lunch duty. We thought about asking the school to paint an area  
> where
> she must remain, and other peers can join her. I don't want to  
> restrict or
> limit her, but I'm concerned about safety. I'm worried the  
> alternative would
> be 'sit here and play with chalk'.
>
> Thanks!
> Stacy
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