[Pibe-division] body language awareness

Lori twilight2 at kconline.com
Fri Apr 17 11:38:13 CDT 2009


Hi,

Well, you can practice with identifying whether someone is looking at him/her or not when talking. You can talk about when someone is fidgiting you can often hear pants wrustling or if the person is standing their voice is slightly moving around if they are not standing still. Spend some time around toddlers and you can learn this really quick *smile* Again, listen and identify when someone has their head down when talking. Talk about how engaging with others gives you a good sense of the environment and what people are doing. Same goes for when eating, you can tell if someone is chewing with their mouth closed or not. Kids who are typing or texting in class my not be attentative. Ask about what he or she can tell. I am always very aware of space and personal space and if someone talks alot with their hands. You can tell when two people are talking directly to one another usually in the American culture. Tapping of a pencil can be bordom or just a habit.
 And so on...

Lori

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Sheila Amato 
  To: Professionals in Blindness Education Division List 
  Sent: Friday, April 17, 2009 9:31 AM
  Subject: [Pibe-division] body language awareness


  Hi, all - a quick question ...

  How can I help my totally blind student become more aware of the "body language" and unspoken messages that we all encounter every day?

  (I just wrote it as an IEP goal... now, how am I going to teach and evaluate it?)

  I am not referring to the body language exhibited by a blind child, but of the body language shown by others in his presence. For example, a student in class with his head down on his arm could be sick - or bored. A student sitting in a leaning back position with his/her legs crossed could be relaxed, a student sitting at the edge of the seat could be anxious or have to go to the bathroom. Rolling eyes could mean exasperation or contempt. My student can't see any of this, yet each one conveys meaning that I would like him to understand.

  Sheila


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