[blindkid] blindkid Digest, Vol 141, Issue 9

Merry-Noel Chamberlain owinm at yahoo.com
Sun Jan 24 23:11:42 UTC 2016

 blockquote, div.yahoo_quoted { margin-left: 0 !important; border-left:1px #715FFA solid !important;  padding-left:1ex !important; background-color:white !important; }  Susan,What great planning for your son. I hope others here take note.Merry-Noel Chamberlain

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On Saturday, January 23, 2016, 8:51 AM, Susan Polansky via blindkid <blindkid at nfbnet.org> wrote:

Toward the end of his last year in Elementary school the O&M started taking
our son to the Middle School to learn the lay out of the school. Over the
summer we took him into the school several times to walk around then once
he got his class schedule we took him in to find his classrooms and locker
[which the O&M had already discussed with the school so he would be given a
locker on the end of a row]. He also had one visit with the O&M just prior
to the first day of school but by then with our trips into the school with
him he was able to show the O&M where all his classrooms and locker were
located. We had a transition meeting at the end of the school year prior to
starting Middle School with our son, the TVI, administration at the school
and a couple of the teachers he would have. Prior to the first day of
Middle School the TVI was in the building and met with each of his
teachers. He had a Braille writer in his math class room and at home but
all other school work he did on a notetaker. The school system also bought
him an new up to date notetaker as his was very outdated. In our Middle
School students are not allowed to carry backpacks, we got an exception for
our son so he could carry his notetaker and his spare cane [he uses an NFB
straight cane but carries a folding cane in case his cane breaks which in
crowded hallways happened several times]. Well in advance we as parents
started talking to him about the behaviors of Middle School aged children
including more conversation about bullying and how to handle it. Our son
was lucky that he never became a target of bullies.

Susan Polansky

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> Subject: [blindkid] Making the Transition from Elementary to Middle
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> Good Morning Members,
> I hope you are doing well.  How did you prepare your children for
> the transition to middle school? I remember when I went to middle
> school.  My TVI provided me with a box of braille paper to
> complete my homework and other assignments.  I had Perkins
> braille writers in all of my classes.  My TVI who was also my
> mobility instructor taught me the layout of the campus.
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