A vital part of a blind child’s learning is the ability to understand, interpret or ‘read’ tactile materials. These may include tactile pictures in different formats, diagrams, graphs and maps. In order for children to learn the skills needed to make sense of these images, they need a wide range of tactile experiences from a young age.
Activities like sand and water play, playing with pots and pans and making buns are all useful tactile learning experiences. To help make sure that all the children have the best possible chance of making good use of tactile learning materials we use a structured skills checklist. Activities can often be taught within normal class time but will also take place in ‘catch up’ times out of the classroom.
As children move through the school, they will be expected to learn how to ‘read’ a variety of tactile charts, diagrams and graphs. We teach them the skills to do this so that they are able to manage tests and assessments and be prepared for Secondary School.