Under the sea experience for RIDBC Nepean Preschool

Children were able to touch and listen to different sea creaturesChildren were able to touch and listen to different sea creatures

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Nepean had an Under the Sea experience from Rangers on the Run.

RIDBC Nepean Preschool caters for children who have hearing or vision loss and this Under the Sea encounter will provide the students with an opportunity build language in a fun, interactive environment.

“For children with hearing or vision loss who attend RIDBC Nepean, having the opportunity to touch and interact with real animals is an integral part of their educational program,” said RIDBC Nepean Preschool Director, Melissa Sangalang.

“The children will learn about sea creatures which live on sand, in the water and on rocks. It will be a very hands-on experience as the students will be able to touch all the creatures. As children tend to become more vocal when interacting with animals, this Under the Sea experience is a vital opportunity to build on their speech and language.”

RIDBC Nepean Preschool, based in Glenmore Park, is a reverse integration preschool which is purpose built to cater for the needs of a child with vision or hearing loss. Children from the community also attend and are able to act as language and learning models for their peers.

The Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children assists over 3000 children with significant hearing or vision impairment and their families across Australia.

RIDBC relies heavily on fundraising and community support to be able to continue to make a difference in children's lives.  In order to maintain its intensive educational and research programs, the organisation needs to raise approximately $2.5 million every month.