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

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

By: Stephen McCall (author), Mike McLinden (author)Paperback

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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 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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Mike McLinden and Stephen McCall, Lecturers in Education (Visual Impairment) at the School of Education, University of Birmingham.


Finding out about touch: reflecting on touch; the anatomy and physiology of touch; functions of touch; early development of sensory and cognitive abilities. Identifying barriers to learning: the impact of visual impairments on early haptic development; the impact of additional disabilities on learning through touch; principles underpinning the assessment of touch; interpersonal communication through touch; tactile symbols and early literacy; Finishing touches: mediating experiences through touch; concluding thoughts.

Product Details

  • publication date: 18/10/2002
  • ISBN13: 9781853468414
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781853468414
  • weight: 498
  • ISBN10: 185346841X

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