My quest to become a Braille master- Taking the first big step

braille_bucket_bannerOkay, so in this blog post I am going to share with you, how I FINALLY managed to get off the ground with actually fully applying myself to be able to read Braille.

Firstly, I would like to detail the things that were holding me back in the hope that other parents can identify with them.  It is a great feeling when you finally start on something that you have wished to do for a long time, I suppose I can equate it to not doing any physical form of exercise for a long, long time.  It is like when you do that first gym session, or win the battle with the internal monologue to get off the sofa and stop eating biscuits and go for a run.  But once the first step is over, you feel great, pumping with endorphin’s and feeling a sense of pride from turning a notion into an action.

Life is busy, life is hard, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to do certain
things that would make you feel better in general, whether it be a better parent, better friend or better to oneself.  There is something quite lovely about turning a dream into a reality and I’m a massive fan of having a sense of achievement!

braille_bucketI am not going to lie.. from the super-mummy Braille readers I have spoken with learning Braille is a challenge and a commitment.  Challenge and commitment aren’t the most welcoming words when starting out on doing something, when sometimes I find just brushing my hair in the morning a challenge and or remembering to send Sonny to school with his water bottle a challenge.

But there is something quite magical that happens to the brain when you apply it to learning such a difficult task.  Scientists at the Jagiellonian University in Poland taught Braille to sighted individuals and found that learning such a complex tactile task activates the visual cortex, when you’d only expect it to activate the tactile one.  Basically the act of learning Braille as a sighted person can supercharge your brain!  If you would like to read more on this matter click here.

So learnign Braille is something that will not only be beneficial to your child but also a great way to keep your brain active flexible and SUPERCHARGED!

The internet is full of fantastic ways that you can creatively learn Braille and the Braille Bucket List Challenge Facebook group will be there as a muse to get you going.  So if anything in this post has inspired you to start your quest as a Braille Master then please join us for continued support and inspiration.

image-of-perkins-brailler-next-additionI will be hoping to complete the Postive Eye Braille Course, which I think will be ideal for setting me up with the basics so that I can help my own daughter master this skill.  Scarlett is at the pre-braille skills stage and it is still unknown as to whether Braille is something she will be able to cognitively learn or not. With both myself and school starting her off early we have the best chance!  If you would like more information about this course please contact  gwyn@positiveeye.co.uk.

I am very lucky as I have been loaned a machine by my employers VICTA Children, a Perkins Brailler.

So now I am at the stage where I am ready to begin I would love to hear how other parents  got off the ground so I can make a post advising parents of the various ways they can get started too.

Wish me luck 🙂

 

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