[nobe-l] A question.

Marianne Denning mdenning at cinci.rr.com
Sat Jul 24 14:20:01 UTC 2010

Melissa, sighted children learn by observation.  Children who are visually 
impaired do not have the same opportunity so it is important for parents and 
others to use hands-on teaching instructions.  When I was a child my mother 
would yell at me all of the time because I had my hands on everything when 
we went into a store.  In most cases she did an excellent job teaching me 
but I don't think she understood that I was using the information from my 
fingers to educate me about the store, the department we were in and what 
different products felt like.  She would tell me we were going into an area 
with breakable items so I absolutely had to keep my hands to myself.  I did 
follow directions then.  I am also speaking of when I was pretty young.  As 
I grew up she worried less about me breaking things and would just warn me 
to be careful.  I think it is important to experience all of these things 
and people need to give visually impaired children the same opportunity.  I 
also believe orientation skills and appropriate selection of media for 
reading are very important.

Marianne Denning
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melissa Green" <graduate56 at juno.com>
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Subject: [nobe-l] A question.

> What advice would you give to parens with a blind child?
> If you are a parent, what advice or information do you wish people had 
> given you?
> I was asked this question as a blind adult.  So thought I would put this 
> out there and see if I am on the right track or not.
> Your anser can be two word, or two sentences, or even a paragraph.
> I am just curious.  I thought that it would be a good topic for 
> discussion.
> Melissa Green
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