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Friday, September 2, 2011

Brailling with little fingers

Children have little fingers that need to be strengthened to press the keys on a regular brailler. Therefore, I want to tell you about the Mountbatten brailler.

I have started students as young as 3 years old on the Mountbatten brailler, and find they can braille with perfect finger positioning.

Click here for the Mountbatten brialler website

Click here to watch the Mountbatten brailler in action

We want to be careful when letting young children use the regular brailler so they don't start poor brailling habits, such as using 2 fingers to press one key. This is not only time consuming, but also very slow because it takes so much effort to press the keys. The Mountbatten brailler, however allows for good habits to form while fingers are growing and getting stronger. Starting out correctly, our children will then be successful braillers with an ability to increase their output as they get older, creating a joy in reading what they wrote.

1 comment:

Marla Palmer said...

I believe the Mountbatten Brailler is one of the most valuable, under-used pieces of equipment out there. There are 14 small training modules that can give parents and educators a glimpse of what this technology can do. http://www.blindhow.com/posts/325#content