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Creating a Book that Motivates Children with Additional Disabilities: Keys

Cover of key book

I recently made a "key book" for a student, who is a sweet and spunky 2nd grade girl, who is blind with additional disabilities.  My goals for creating this specific book included the following:

  • Motivating: I wanted a book that she would WANT to read.  She likes to play with keys, and she loves the sounds keys make when you shake them together.  
  • Turning pages:  I wanted her to turn the pages herself.
  • Increasing attention:  I wanted her to pay attention to the braille and graphics on each page.  
  • Counting and number recognition 1-5 

Materials: 

  • Keys:  A hardware store generously donated them 
  • Russian Birch pages (these were made by a local high school teacher but I think strong cardboard would work as well).  
  • 3-ring binder for the book
  • Power drill to drill holes in the pages
  • Screws/bolts and nuts/washers 
  • Thick string or thin rope
  • Braille labels 
  • Puffy Paint for the "counters"
 

Procedure: 

For page one I drilled a hole to fix one key to the page using the bolt and nut.  I added the number 1 in braille and print to the page along with a puffy paint dot to use for counting.  I like that they key is able to spin and move if desired.

On the second page I simply glued 2 keys on the page (I ended up screwing them down onto the page later because they continued to fall off the page) and I added the number two in braille and print along with two puffy painted dots. 

One key on page of book  Two keys

The third and fourth page I fixed the keys to the page using a thin rope for something "different" and so that the student could shake the keys and hit them against the page if she wanted. 

Three keys  Four keys

I continued with this process for a total of five pages.  For the cover, I made sure to glue a key to the front so that she could easily identify the book as the "key" book.  

Five keys  Cover of key book

Collage of key book

Posted on June 28, 2018
Updated on: June 28, 2018