I wrote some time ago about sensitising a child to the fact that i work with the blind. The route i’d chosen was to explain to him that i work with people who are able to work unhindred in the dark. Not the lack of an ability, but the acquisition of a skill.
In the same vein, i have now started teaching him small things about working in the dark. When he was young, he could easily navigate the house without fear and without stumbling. Now, he is afraid of the dark when the power goes at night, and also cannot navigate as easily. So after the tactile book, i now talk to him about not being afraid to do whatever he is doing, even if it is dark.
I started teaching him how to measure his steps around the house, so he knows that the distance of the corridor is 12 adult steps and 16 baby steps. The distance to the bathroom door is about 10 adult steps and 13 baby steps. he loves the new experiment and game.
Next, i will teach him to listen where he cannot see.
Its going well so far. If you have been looking for ways to sensitise your children at home , please follow this series of posts. I promise it will be fun! 🙂