We have been busy using Marty, the SMART Brailler that we’ve gotten on loan through the SMART Brailler Backpacking programme to Braille up Ronan’s environment. We did not stop with the books, but quickly moved onto Ronan’s toys. Inspired by our interactions with another Blind boy who made Braille labels for everything in his house, we thought we’d do the same for Ronan.
We started with Ronan’s favourite toy, the Magic Mozart Cube. Each side of the cube plays a different instrument and they can be turned on and off to create a medley or a solo. It is a great way to learn about how instruments come together in the orchestra. It is also impossible to feel which instrument is where – here come the Braille labels. We’ve labelled each side of the cube with the instrument name.
We have started to use this cube to help Ronan make decisions – would you like the piano or the flute? We hope that having the braille labels there will eventually give him the idea that he can distinguish between sides and therefore make an active choice.
As Ronan starts to learn concepts, it is our intention that the brailled word should be right there next to it. We now have a house full of labelled objects.