Division on Visual Impairments

VIDBE-Q 66.4 FALL 2021

A quarterly newsletter from the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Visual Impairments containing practitioner tips for Teachers of Students with Visual Impairments, Certified Orientation and Mobility Specialists, and other professionals.

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VIDBE-Q Volume 66 Issue 4 Belinda Rudinger, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Belinda.Rudinger@tamuc.edu Learning to read is commonly a shared experience between parents and children. Bedtime stories, magnetic letters, trips to the library, and favorite books passed down through generations all form the framework for early literacy. What happens when children use a different literacy medium than their parents? How can parents support their children who will use braille as their gateway to books? While it may seem intimidating at first, there are many ways that parents can support their children on this journey. The fields of applied behavior analysis, embodied learning, and multi-sensory instruction offer some helpful guidelines for the path forward. Five Areas of Reading Parents of budding braille readers can start by familiarizing themselves with two of the National Reading Panel's five key concepts: Phonemic Awareness and Phonics (National Reading Panel, 2000). Phonemic awareness involves the ability An Interdisciplinary Approach to Braille Literacy: Tips & Tricks for Parents

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