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Mediating Experiences Through Touch:. Identifying and reducing potential barriers to learning and participation. Mike McLinden School of Education University of Birmingham UK. What is your most important sense ?. Hearing?. Smell?. Sight?. Other?. Taste?. Touch?.

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Mediating Experiences Through Touch:

Identifying and reducing potential barriers to learning and participation

Mike McLinden

School of Education

University of Birmingham

UK


What is your most important sense ?

  • Hearing?

  • Smell?

  • Sight?

  • Other?

  • Taste?

  • Touch?


Children with multiple disabilities and visual impairment

  • What do we know about MDVI ?

2. How important is ‘VI’ in ‘MDVI’ ?

3. Development of effective learning experiences

4. ‘Hands on’ experiences

5. What did we find out ?




Situation’

???

What do we know …?


What do we know …?

Situation characterised by barriers to learning/ participation including:

  • Restrictions in use of vision as integrating sense : ’impaired vision’ vs. ‘visual impairment’

  • Increased reliance on others to structure learning experiences (e.g. routine)

  • Restrictions in development of ‘appropriate’ learning experiences

  • ?


How important is ‘VI’ in ‘MDVI’…?

Functions of vision include:

  • alert

  • learn incidentally

  • anticipate

  • co-ordinate/ integrate

  • confirm

  • explore


How important is ‘VI ‘in ‘MDVI’…?

Provides opportunities to:

  • Take…

  • Establish…

  • Have…

  • Ensure…



Development of effective learning experiences

  • Distortion quality/ quantity sensory information

  • Distance/ close senses-increase in significance in close senses

  • Imprecise information through close senses/ different ways of processing

  • Role of adult partner in mediating learning experiences



  • Different ways of interpreting information


?

‘Distance/ close senses – increase in significance in close senses’


Which way shall I go next?

???

‘Role of adult partner in mediating learning experiences’


Hands on experiences

Sensory task planner

  • Illustrates role of vision in relation to other senses

  • Can consider how we can ‘transfer responsibility for learning’ to other senses in relation to these functions through range of practical activities.



Where shall we go next?


And the punch line is …

Baby elephants!


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