February 12, 2011

Exhall Grange Day

What an amazing day!!!!!

I took so much from today that I am still buzzing!

It was informative on a practical level – such a lot of real information. Not theory or ideals, just as it is and some of it was harsh but that is reality. We were given the right scientific info about why and how and then how to deal with it on a daily basis in our classrooms.

I absolutely appreciated seeing how hard it is to manoeuvre a wheelchair up a ramp and on to pavements. Being blindfolded and walking with a guide dog was so hard! You just can’t see anything and the dog is leading you…you have no idea where you could end up! My gosh. I hadn’t realised. We were put in a classroom where everything that was said sounded distorted so we could get an idea of the difficulties deaf children have. I learnt a lot more about physical disabilities – how they come about and what they lead to.

There are such simple things that need to be done in a classroom to make the lives of children who have difficulties easier. A big display, extra print-outs, clear instructions – written if necessary- and just a little more attention.

It was a highly eye-opening day. 

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