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Jewgenij Sewerin, der Mann, der sein Gesicht verlor by Kurt
Blatter. ISBN 3-7655-5859-1. Published in 1999 by Brunnen in Basel,
This book is in German. It tells the tale of a Russian forester whose
central face was bitten off by a bear and how remarkably talented and kind
Swiss surgeons found him and rebuilt him.
Tolerance of disfigurement
Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy. ISBN 0-06-097673-X
Published by Harper Perennial (part of Harper Collins).
At age 9, Lucy was diagnosed with a potentially terminal cancer. When
she returned to school with a third of her jaw removed, she faced the cruel
taunts of classmates. In this candid memoir, she tells her story of great
suffering and remarkable strength without sentimentality and with considerable
wit. I think every 12 year old boy in whatever country should have this as a
set book at school.
Age 14 by Geert Spillebeen. ISBN 90-317-1582-4 Published by
Averbode in The Netherlands.
The book is in Dutch and I hope it will be translated one day as it
sounds as if it would be at least as powerful as Autobiography of a Face. It
concerns a boy John Condon whose face was terribly scarred by a mustard gas
explosion. He became a social outcast, a leper and died in Ireland at age 14.
The man who invented the bomb was feted but his victim was just a name carved
on a tombstone - till now.
Changing Faces by James Partridge. ISBN 1-900928-12-4
Published in 1994 by Changing Faces, 1 Junction Mews, London W2 1PN.
At the age of 18 James lost his face in a car fire. The book recounts
how he came to terms with his facial disfigurement.
Multiple disabilty and visual impairment.
Early Childhood Education by T Bruce (2nd edition) Published
in 1999 by Hodder and Stoughton London.
Blindness and Psychological Development in Young Children by V
Lewis & GM Collis. ISBN 1-85433-234-7. Published in 1997 by British
Psychological Society, Leicester. Plymbridge Distributors Ltd, Estover,
Plymouth, PL6 7PZ UK.
Are You Blind? The education of developmentally threatened
children. by L Nielsen. Published in 1990 by SIKON, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Also by Nielsen "Space and Self" and PhD thesis Aarborg University,
"Spatial Relations in congenitally blind infants" and a new video -
The First Relationship: Infant and mother by DN
Stern. Published in 1977 by Cambridge, Harvard University Press. Also by
Stern: The interpersonal world of the infant: A view from psychoanalysis and
developmental psychology published by New York, Basic Books(1985). Diary
of a Baby pubilshed by New York, Basic Books (1990).
Goldschmied E. Infants at work. Booksales, National Children's
Bureau, 8 Wakley St, London EC1V 7QE, United Kingdom.
Goldschmied E and Hughes A. Heuristic Play with Objects.
Booksales, National Children's Bureau, 8 Wakley St, London EC1V 7QE, United
Porter J & Miller O. There's Never an End to Learning (1998)
RNIB 224 Great Portland St London W1N 6AA, United Kingdom. ISBN 1 85878 141 8
Lee M and Macwilliam L. Movement Gesture and Sign (1996) Moray
House Institute of Education, Educational Television, Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh
EH8 8AQ, United Kingdom.
Resonating platform, an idea by Dr Lilli Nielsen . A thin plywood
plynth raised off the ground, it amplifies the sounds of the children's own
movements. The bottom drawer of an old-fashioned chest of drawers may be ideal.
Similarly "The Little Room" a metre cube for hanging playthings
in. Use hard materials that echo the sounds of the child's contact with the
objects - a cardboard crate only muffles the sounds and the ventilation is poor
- avoid plastic, hang metal chains, wood, straw, kitchen utensils, important
items from the child's daily routine. The kneehole of a desk is a good space.
If there aren't 15 items, there isn't enough for the child to do! Oh, and NEVER
touch a blind child's hands - while they are trying to use them to feel and