Intermediate School Students with Low Vision developing Social, Physical and Orientation and Mobility skills
The students were a given a resource pack which included an adapted map of the CBD area, photo visual cues of Britomart and landmarks in the CBD.
Students were taught how to use the AT machine to buy their tickets and on arrival at Britomart broke into pairs and were given a Scenario to travel to a specific destination. This was a challenging exercise for the students as they needed to find the resources available in an unfamiliar environment and within a limited time-frame. Continue Reading →
The BLENNZ DOM service currently has three Provisional O&Ms (trainees) undertaking the Diploma in Specialist Teaching at Massey University studying alongside Resource Teachers : Vision. They have now completed the first of their 4 papers successfully and have commenced the core DOM Professional Knowledge paper. The three provisional staff are really enjoying the on the job training that BLENNZ is providing while they complete their academic requirements to practise.
BLENNZ DOM Service in collaboration with Massey University’s Dr Julia Budd is providing options for training Specialist DOMs in NZ for the first time in years. The collaboration has seen the completion of 3 ‘short courses for RTVs to gain the credentials to support DOM programmes across a range of educational settings. The feedback from RTVs who have undertaken a course has been extremely encouraging. This model of professional development is already having positive outcomes across New Zealand for learners on the BLENNZ roll.
Figure 1 – Playing Twister to develop balance and body awareness
The BLENNZ Developmental Orientation & Mobility (DOM) Service continues to evolve from the ‘Specialist’ to the ‘Collaborative’ Model.
DOM Services are being provided nationally in a ‘skills sharing’ manner where the DOM Instructor models and shares strategies with the local teams.
These teams then provide the day to day reinforcement of the strategies, with specialist monitoring. Figure 1 shows the DOM Coordinator, Kay, modelling playing Twister to a Teacher Aide and the local Resource Teacher Vision.
As efficient motor skills are the base skills for later travel, this learner’s team encouraged him to play Twister daily with one of his classmates in order to assist with developing balance and body awareness. This is a fun and social way to refine development!