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Memory Book

I am making a memory book for a boy who is going blind. I need suggestions on how to improve and design this project. I have the basic embroidery work done, like the pictures and the borders, but I need help with the braille work. I was thinking beads at first, but he is a small child. The beads might break the threads or fall off. Should I might a separate page for the braille or put it along the border. I got a simple embroidery stamped pattern with different types of vehicles. Two blocks have a ladder fire truck, two blocks have farm trucks, and two blocks are helicopters. I associated the farm trucks with a jonquil flower and a torquoise rock. I embroidered one yellow and the other green/blue. One helicopter I embroidered as a humming bird. The other helicopter I embroidered as a bumble bee. As soon as I can figure out how I am going to describe the colors on each picture. But as I said I need to figure out placement. I also want to figure out how to put the braille alphabet and numbers in the book. I noticed the dots are patterned in four sections. Could I "draw" guide lines to section the dots? Or would that be confusing? Please help I want to get this right. This little boy is someone I love very much and I want to get it right.

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Re: Memory Book

I don't know how much he can or can't see, so I wouldn't know what size would be good for him. This book is a useful basic guide for learning braille.

The numbers are based off the letters. Specifically, it has number sign (dot 3, 4, 5 and 6), then the letter A - J to denote the number

Boy's age and request for suggestions on pages of Memory Book

His age is about six. He has I would say 80% vision loss. I don't know what he can or can't see at this stage. For the book you are suggesting I put 10 letters in a 15" by 15" quilt block? (6 letters for U-Z) Would you suggest I add numbers as well? I will get my stencils next month so the letters will need to be small if I am going to put 10 letters to a page. Will he be able to sight read that?

Re: Memory Book

D has three dots in it. Specifically, dot 1, 4, and 5.

The dots are counted down, so the one at the upper left is 1, middle left 2, lower left 3. Upper right 4, middle right 5, lower right 6.

If you are going to split the alphabet, it would be best to do it into three sections, not seven. A - J (ten letters), then K - T (ten letters), then U - Z (six letters).

The reason for that is because of how it is built and taught. Looking at the first link I posted before, can you see how they are lined up? The second row (K - T) is almost exactly the same at the first row, except they have an extra dot in dot 3. The third row U - Z) is the same as the first, except it has extra dots in 3 and 6. the except is W, because it was added later and doesn't follow that convention.

Re: Memory Book

Like the letter D. It has two top dots. I am thinking they are in sections 1 and 2. The one bottom dot is in section 4. I was thinking of splitting the alphabet into seven pages. I am doing this in fabric and felt so he can feel the difference. I go over my changes with my eyes closed first. If it feels right I keep it. If not I try something else. But my snag is the braille.

Re: Memory Book

What do you mean by "the dots are patterned in four sections"? A braille cell as 6 dots.

This website might have some useful tips regarding creating tactile diagrams.

The technique my organization usually uses is to do the braille on a stiff, clear palstic sheet, that is then attached between the pages. That way, the child can still feel the braille while the parent reads the book before. Tactile diagrams can also be done on the plastic sheet.

You can attach the letters onto a sheet at the beginning, but he may need to learn pre-braille skills first. Oftentimes, children learning braille don't just straight into braille, they need to learn skills on how to interpret what they are feeling, following lines, feeling for differences, etc.

It depends on the age and functioning of the child, though. I don't know how old the kid is, but he sounds fairly young.

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