Learning Through Touch: Supporting Children with Visual Impairments and Additional Difficulties

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Written to assist teachers and other professionals who support children with visual impairment and additional difficulties, this text examines the role of touch in developing effective teaching and learning.

The book is divided into eleven chapters that provide useful background information about the sense of touch, and consider how potential barriers to independent learning through touch can be reduced through structuring appropriate learning ...

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Overview

Written to assist teachers and other professionals who support children with visual impairment and additional difficulties, this text examines the role of touch in developing effective teaching and learning.

The book is divided into eleven chapters that provide useful background information about the sense of touch, and consider how potential barriers to independent learning through touch can be reduced through structuring appropriate learning experiences.

A series of reflective activities are included which are designed to draw out key issues from relevant chapters and invite the reader to explore the implications for his or her practice. A number of these activities are designed to cross-reference with relevant extension standards from the National SEN Specialist Standards for teachers and recommendations about further reading and teaching resources are provided throughout the book.

This text will be useful for teachers and learning support staff working with children who have visual impairment and additional difficulties. It will also have relevance to other professionals working with children with severe and complex needs who wish to understand more about the role of touch in developing effective learning experiences.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781853468414
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2002
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.69 (w) x 9.61 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Overview
Pt. 1 Finding Out About Touch
Ch. 1 Reflecting on Touch 3
Ch. 2 The Anatomy and Physiology of Touch 13
Ch. 3 Functions of Touch 25
Ch. 4 Early Development of Sensory and Cognitive Abilities 37
Pt. 2 Identifying Barriers to Learning
Ch. 5 The Impact of Visual Impairment on Early Haptic Development 53
Ch. 6 The Impact of Additional Disabilities on Learning Through Touch 60
Ch. 7 Principles Underpinning the Assessment of Touch 81
Ch. 8 Interpersonal Communication Through Touch 98
Ch. 9 Tactile Symbols and Early Literacy 111
Pt. 3 Finishing Touches
Ch. 10 Mediating Experiences Through Touch 127
Ch. 11 Concluding Thoughts 139
Glossary of Useful Terms 146
App Supporting the Learning of Children Who Have Multiple Disabilities and Visual Impairment: Selection of National SEN Specialist Standards Which Have Particular Relevance to the Role of Touch 154
Portfolio Activities 157
Useful Resources and Further Reading 163
References 193
Index 205
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