This example shows the approach to successfully accessing learning as explained in the short introductory section Access. The term perceivable is used specifically to mean perceivable through one, or more of the five senses of vision, hearing, touch, taste and smell.
If something is not perceivable, particularly through sight and sound, then the person can have no awareness of it, and it isn't there for them.
Amelia is eleven and did not like being read stories (story-time).
When Amelia was read stories, this also involved practicing her reading.
Not always. When Amelia's family were reading to her, Amelia was being asked to both listen and at times read the story herself. Reading is difficult for Amelia due to her visual impairment. Amelia has both CVI and a cerebral auditory impairment and for her, having to do something that entails using both her hearing and vision at the same time is very difficult, and as a result, in this case, when reading (which is visually very difficult), Amelia effectively stopped hearing.
Not always. To understand the story being read to her, Amelia needed to listen, but she was also being asked to read, which needed a lot of effort. Amelia found having to both listen and read meant she could not follow the story very well. For this reason Amelia always chose one of two books she already knew well.
No, Amelia found the process challenging and would quickly become tired, and then disinterested.
This experience was about storytelling, the simple process of listening whilst someone else reads you a story. Amelia's mother stopped asking Amelia to read during story-time, so that Amelia could concentrate on the story she was listening to.
Amelia could now focus on listening, without the difficult distraction of trying to read too. The stories, including new stories she had not heard before made sense now, because she could fully concentrate on them.
All the pressure to read was removed, and Amelia could relax and not only enjoy listening to new stories, but also really enjoy the quiet story-time with her mother and others close who also read to her.
You can read about how Amelia accessed story-time in our section Reading To Your Child For Fun.
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