Future Refelctions Winter/Spring 1991

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BEGINNING READING/WRITING FOR BRAILLE OR PRINT USERS A TEACHER'S GUIDE TO THE PSYCHOLINGUISTIC VIEWPOINT

(Burwood Educational Series Number 5)
Written by Ena Davielson and Gayle Lamb Available from the Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind

Review by Doris Willoughby

Beginning Reading/Writing for Braille or Print Users is a methods book for teachers. It describes a psycholinguistic, individualized approach, based on personal experiences, for a child's learning to read and write through the medium of Braille. A variety of materials is used, rather than uniform basal reading books.

The book is written in a positive vein, with such statements as "developmental delays and differences in the development of linguistic concepts of blind children [are] related not to the absence of vision, but rather to the absence of experience." It is clearly shown that learning to read through the medium of Braille is the same experience as learning to read with inkprint.

If this approach is to be used as a guide for the entire reading/writing curriculum, the teacher must be creative and well-prepared (with much more background and preparation than is provided by this book alone). However, any teacher with any curriculum can easily use these ideas as a valuable supplement.

For information on ordering these books, please contact:
Royal Victorian Institute for the Blind
333 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125 AUSTRALIA
phone: (03) 808-6422
FACSimile: (03) 808-2194

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