[blindkid] Working on our technique!
craney07 at rochester.rr.com
Mon Apr 12 04:20:50 UTC 2010
The technique you describe for stairs is what I was taught as a child and
used until I switched to a guide dog as a young adult. Great job describing
it by the way, technically accurate and artistic to boot. As long as the
beginning cane user gets it back out infront of them upon reaching the top
of the stairs, this is a very good grip and technique for asending stairs,
but not descending, of course, as that requires a different technique. How
many times have I written the word technique? *Nah, not going to count,
laughs*. I used to do this and I have seen many younger blind kids come
charging up the stairs using this method, *ha, I didn't say technique, damn,
now I did, shrugs* only to slam into another kid on the landing, because
they didn't take the millisecond pause to reposition the cane to navigate
the landing for the next set of stairs or the hallway if there are no more
stairs. There is a lot of momentum in a confident, exuberant child, blind
or sighted and powering up a flight of stairs increases this, so making sure
to reposition the grip and cane 's orientation to one's body is essential.
Have a nice evening all, I'm beyond tired and I'm going to bed.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Richard Holloway" <rholloway at gopbc.org>
To: <empwrn at bellsouth.net>; "NFBnet Blind Kid Mailing List,(for parents of
blind children)" <blindkid at nfbnet.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 11, 2010 10:16 PM
Subject: Re: [blindkid] Working on our technique!
>I love seeing any photos of blind kids exploring their world with
> I don't know if the term is commonplace or not but I have heard this
> referred to as a "staff grip" which for us came up first when walking up
> stairs-- Kendra would hold the cane like this and push or lightly twist
> the bottom away from herself. Every time you go up a step the cane jumps
> forward (as you clear a step) and bumps into the next higher step so you
> know you have another step to go. This helps avoid the frustrating
> situation where you try to "step up" onto one more stair than there
> really is (or kicking a stair when you're not al the way up). Once you
> reach the top, the cane "floats" out so you know that's the landing then
> you can switch to a more appropriate grip to travel on.
> There may be other good uses for that grip and better approaches for the
> stairs too, but as far as I'm concerned, especially with a young child
> new to cane travel, ANY additional feedback they get from a cane (as
> opposed to having no cane) is useful and good. Over time, techniques and
> grips can be refined and improved but we don't need our kids to sit and
> wait to become mobile until they have "mastered" all techniques.
> Keep up the good work, Jack! (You too Marie!)
> On Apr 10, 2010, at 12:03 PM, Marie wrote:
>> Is this sort of like the pencil grip?
>> Marie (mother of Jack, 4 years old with Apert Syndrome)
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