By: Sherry Gurney, RN, CLVT, Perkins-Roman CVI Specialist
Bio: Sherry Gurney began her career as a Registered Nurse at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, PA. She later returned to school and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious and Early Education at Central Bible College (now Evangel University) in Springfield, MO. She worked as a nurse and teacher of the visually impaired at the Little Light House for 8 years, before she and her husband, Tom, served overseas as missionaries in Kenya, East Africa. While there, Sherry established a 501C3, providing aid and vision consult to underprivileged blind and visually impaired children. Upon return stateside, Sherry was invited to become a consultant for the visually impaired and blind at the Little Light House. She earned her certification as a Low Vision Therapist and has served TLLH children in that capacity for 15 years. Most recently, Sherry has been awarded credentials as a Perkins-Roman CVI Range Specialist.
I can almost guarantee that this is not the blog post you expected to be reading when you first found out you were having a child, however, here you are; and I have good news for you: YOU CAN DO IT!
For many parents, learning that your child will undoubtedly need to learn Braille can be overwhelming. How am I going to be able to teach them? How am I going to understand what they are reading and writing? Am I too old to learn a new language alongside them? Let me encourage you, compared to the sighted child; the blind child will also learn in steps. The alphabet will come just one letter at a time. And you can learn right along with your child. In fact, the configurations are so simple that you can always be a few steps ahead!
Here are four tips for how to prepare you and your little one to begin learning Braille.
Four tips for learning how to read Braille