This transcript is from the “Haptic Communication to Facilitate Braille Instruction with Deaf-Blind Adults” PowerPoint Presentation.

Slide #1: Haptic Communication to Facilitate Braille Instruction with Deaf-Blind Adults

Megan Conway, Peggy Costello, Deborah Harlin July, 2020

Slide #2: Overview

  1. Description of Haptic Communication (Haptics)
  2. Origins and Benefits of Haptics
  3. Research on Haptics and Braille Instruction
  4. Implications of Research for Practice

Slide #3: Description of Haptics

Slide #4: Places of Articulation

Back: image of an index finger pointing to a person’s back

Arm: image of an index finger placed a person’s upper arm

Leg: image of a person tapping a person’s leg

Hand: image of an index finger placed on the top of another person’s hand

Foot: image of a person tapping another person’s foot with their own foot

Slide #5: Examples

Yes image of a fist hand on a person’s back

No: image of a hand moving left and right on a person’s back

Laugh: image of a claw hand shape placed on a person’s back

Slide #6: Origins and Benefits

Image #1: Image of four people sitting at a table during a meeting. Two of the people are deafblind and two are providing Haptics signals. In foreground a woman makes the claw shape on a man’s back. In t background a woman reaches her hand across to receive signals from a man.

Image #2: Two women sit with knees touching. One woman is signing a story to the other woman. The second woman is smiling and making the Haptics signal for laugh on the first woman’s knee. The signal for “laugh” is a claw shaped hand which opens and closes in a scratching motion.

Slide #7: Video: Haptics Impact

Video Clip: “How Haptics has Impacted My Life” by Maricar Marquez

Slide #8: Benefits that May Lead to Improved Teaching and Learning

Image: image of a two women seated at a table. One woman is reading braille and the other has her hand placed on the other’s arm.

Slide #9: Video: Haptics Demonstration

Video clip “Entering and Leaving a Room” with Faith and Adrianna demonstrating Haptics.

Slide #10: Research on Haptics & Braille Instruction

Slide #11: Research Study Questions

Slide #12: Methods: Participants

Image: Six deaf-blind adults receiving braille instruction at the Helen Keller National Center in New York.

3 women, 3 men

2 age 30-50, 4 age 50+

5 white, 1 black

5 tactile ASL, 1 visual ASL

4 beginner braille users, 2 intermediate

3 previous exposure to Haptics, 3 no previous exposure

Slide #13: Methods: Intervention

Examples of Haptics Signals

Slide #14: Video: Intervention Example

Video clip of an instructor demonstrating several Haptics signals to a student.

Slide #15: Methods: Data Collection & Analysis

Slide #16: Case Study of Haptics & Braille Instruction

Slide #17: Video: Case Study Example

Video clip of instructor using Haptics with student. 

Slide #18: Research Study Results

Slide #19: Results Examples

Student Preferences: articulation on lower arm (image of a braille instructor with her hand on her student’s arm while she is reading braille). Articulation on upper arm (image of an instructor with her hand on the upper arm of a student while he is reading braille.

Instructor Differences: No contact (image of and instructor seated with her hands in her lap while her student reads braille. Constant contact (image of instructor with hand placed on student’s forearm while he reads braille).

Slide #20: Video: Benefits of Haptics

Video clip of student explaining why she likes using Haptics.

Slide #21: Implications for Practice

Slide #22: Summary

Slide #23: This has been a presentation by the Helen Keller National Center

We hope this information has been helpful. This power point is the property of HKNC Please do not distribute or use for training purposes. Contact HKNC for more information: Megan Conway Peggy Costello IRPD Department [End of Transcript]

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