Reptiles Rule at RIDBC preschools

Reptiles RuleA visit from Reptiles Rule allows the preschoolers to consolidate language learnt in the classroom

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) had a visit from Reptiles Rule on Tuesday 24 May.

The reptiles provided a special language learning opportunity for deaf and hearing impaired children attending RIDBC Roberta Reid Preschool and RIDBC Rockie Woofit Preschool.

Snakes, lizards and a turtle were part of the day, with the children encouraged to hold and touch the reptiles.

“We are using the reptiles to take advantage of the children’s natural interest in animals, using the theme as a platform for language development,” said RIDBC Roberta Reid Director, Jodie Lenton.

“Having the reptiles visit better enables the children to make a connection with the pictures they see in books, or on television.

“Being able to see and hold the animals allows the children to extend their concept development and language, as well heightening their sensory awareness.”

For children with a hearing impairment, experiences such as this accelerate the language development foundations that begin in the preschool program.

“The real-life interaction allows us to use a non-threatening environment to consolidate and refine the knowledge and language skills that we teach through animal stories, songs, rhymes, craft activities and games,” said Jodie.

RIDBC Roberta Reid is a preschool for Deaf children, their siblings and children who use Australian Sign Language (Auslan).

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children provides vital support to over 970 children with significant hearing and/or vision impairment and their families across Australia.