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Tactile Skills Matrix

Tactile Skills Matrix

The Tactile Skills Matrix from APH (American Printing House for the Blind) is designed to help users locate APH products that support the development of skills and concepts that contribute to students’ tactile literacy.   This is a new feature on their website and is available for anyone to access for free when visiting their site.  Each of the tactile skill areas listed below offer recommended APH products with links to those products.

The following tactile skills are including in the matrix:

  • Braille Awareness
  • Creating Graphics
  • Exploration of Real Objects
  • Familiarity with Tactile Graphic Methods
  • Hand Skills
  • Line Tracking
  • Part-Whole Relationships
  • Reading Charts and Tables
  • Reading Graphs
  • Reading Maps
  • Shape Recognition
  • Spatial Understanding
  • Symbolic Understanding
  • Systematic Scanning
  • Texture Discrimination
  • Transition from 3D to 2D
  • Understanding Perspective
  • Using Keys and Legends

Each page has a list of recommended APH products that can be used to teach the above list of tactile skills.



Tactile Skills Matrix

Posted by Kristen Hanlin

Posted on April 29, 2017
Updated on: February 8, 2018

Previous comments for Tactile Skills Matrix

Charlotte Cushman commented on May 3, 2017

Hi Kristen,

The Tactile Skills Matrix is a new feature on the APH website and is there for anyone to use for free on their website.  It offers suggestions of which of their products address specific tactile skills, with links to their products.

Kristen Hanlin commented on May 2, 2017

I'm not sure if this is something I can just ask for or need to order. I would definitely like to get it.
Please advise.
Kristen Hanlin