Ready for Braille

[:il]A child with normal vision meets with letters and writes many times in daily life, long before he learns to read and write, and the environment encourages his curiosity: “What is written there?” . In contrast, a child with blindness / visual impairment does not receive this information. For the child with blindness, a literate environment does not develop naturally. The Braille is not encountered at random and therefore there is a need for a systematic and structured development of Braille literacy in the child with blindness. The vision is to enable children with blindness to learn the Braille language in an orderly and systematic process and thus enable them to live more independent lives and personal well-being. For this purpose, an “Early Childhood Braille Preparation Assessment” was developed. The purpose of assessment is to evaluate and develop the child’s abilities in the areas required for Braille, as an infrastructure for setting intervention goals and a multidisciplinary work plan. Enables the ability to re-evaluate and examine progress and provides a sense of security in the process, down to the study of the braille and encourages the development of a literate environment. The kit was developed for children without functional vision for reading and writing purposes. The Braille Preparedness Program for Early Childhood provides a necessary and unique solution as part of the expected components of development. Today in Ganei Elia, the assessment is implemented while monitoring and guiding. The change can be seen both in the short term in repeated assessments and in the long term. Thanks to AAA – Hebrew Typography Home , you are welcome to download The free Braille font for commercial and private use. To donate for the activity click here [:en]

Braille reading is taught in the first grade. Much preliminary work is required to prepare the children before they are ready to learn to read Braille. At ELIYA, this preliminary work to acquire the necessary skills begins at a very early age.

The ELIYA staff works on developing various skills in order to raise the child’s phonological awareness and story sequence. In addition, games are available that develop required skills, such as working with both hands, developing sensitive touch, page orientation, touch and feel books, etc.

By first grade, ELIYA children know how to read their names and additional basic words, based on the ability and readiness of each individual child.

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