[blindkid] How Blind Children can help with ThanksgivingPreparations

Marianne Denning marianne at denningweb.com
Tue Oct 27 19:49:13 UTC 2015

I really think they don't know how to provide the instruction to a
blind child. It takes thinking differently for them.  I know hen I
taught my sighted children to cook I had to think in a sighted way.  I
am a born teacher so it wasn't hard for me, but most parents aren't
born teachers.  I know many parents don't teach any of their children
to cook.  Most sighted children learn by observation.  Blind children
have to be specifically taught. When I was growing up it was just Mom
and me so when she cooked I hung out in the kitchen with her so
learned what she was doing through repeated exposure.  She was not
good at teaching me to cook but I learned a lot by being there.  I am
also naturally curious so am always asking questions and exploring my
world.  I hope families encourage the curiosity in their blind
children.  That is even true for children who have significantly
decreased vision.

On 10/27/15, Roanna Bacchus via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Hi Marianne thanks for your message.  Many times I have been
> asked to set the table or stir one of the dishes that are being
> prepared.  What are your thoughts about how sighted family
> members treat blind children?
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Marianne Denning, TVI, MA
Teacher of students who are blind or visually impaired
(513) 607-6053

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