Old Mc Benjamin went to a Farm

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One of the workshops that Joe and I attended at the Perkins Early Connections Conference involved the idea of concept building. Concept building is important for all children, but needs to be done more explicitly for those with visual impairments.

For example, a sighted child getting a cup of milk sees the parent go the refrigerator, get the milk, get a cup, pour the milk into the cup and bring the cup to them. They also see the cow-print or farm scene on the milk carton. On the other hand, Ben gets a cup of milk magically appear in front of him. We have to tell him where we keep the milk, how we pour it into the cup and where milk comes from. As we don’t have a cow in our apartment, we have to make do with apps such as Sound Touch that have realistic animal sounds (Sound Touch also has instruments, automobiles, and household objects) and plastic models of the cow. Anyone who has ever seen a cow knows that a plastic model, though visually like a cow, is a far cry from the actual animal.

So our first trip to a farm was exciting- seeing real animals! This is the first step for Ben to understand what they feel like, sound like, and smell like before understanding that sometimes, um, we eat them too. We are planning on visiting Queens Zoo and Queens Farm, NY Aquarium the Bronx Zoo as well this summer and fall, so hopefully we’ll have a lot of opportunities to have a variety of real world experiences.

It was also a lovely day to spend with Aunt Chrissie and Kaia, who were up from North Carolina, and see Gram and ACA! We all had a great time!

Boy and his aunt walk in a greenhouse

Little boy reaching out towards a goattwo toddlers with two adults touching a cow Little boy petting a sheep

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2 thoughts on “Old Mc Benjamin went to a Farm

  1. I love you for this post! Sound Touch is exactly what I need for my students!! So glad Benjamin got to go to the farm. How exciting for him! And you! You two are the absolute best parents – I’m constantly impressed. Hope to see you guys again this summer! nicole

    • Thanks Nicole! Our TVI introduced us to Sound Touch, and I really like it- it has great accommodations for children and the blind, and the fact that the sounds are realistic is great. If you’re in NY this summer, let us know! We’d love to see you again!

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