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A Case Study of Tack Tiles Literacy Instruction for a Student with Multiple Disabilities Including Congenital Blindness

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Jessica Klenk and Lisa Pufpaff present their research on the use of Tack-Tiles with a student who is blind with additional disabilities.  Published in Physical Disabilities: Education and Related Services, v. 30, n. 2; p. 48-66, Fall 2011

Abstract:

Research on literacy instruction for students with multiple disabilities is limited. Empirical research on braille instruction for students with multiple disabilities that include congenital blindness is virtually nonexistent. This case study offers initial insight into possible methods of early braille literacy instruction for a student with multiple disabilities including congenital blindness and autism. The use of Tack Tiles[R] during an intervention program in a one-on-one format resulted in increased early literacy skills for the targeted student. Educational implications address the potential challenge of tactual readiness for braille instruction for students with multiple disabilities.

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tactile defensiveness with Braille paper

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Faye Gonzalez commented on April 11, 2013

The student used for this case study sounds similar to a student I had in the past - ROP, a tactile learner, intellectual delays, with a later diagnosis of Autism (in the case study, at age 9). I was interested to read about the case study student's tactile defensiveness with Braille paper because our student had the same issue. We also used Tac-Tiles to supplement our student's literacy instruction, and I think they are a great tool. Our student for many years would not read on regular Braille paper. However, she would read if we first laminated, and then Brailled onto Braille paper. I thought this might help others as this specific defensiveness with the paper might be a common characteristic with this (small) population.