Print out Braille Box double sided
(preferably on card stock) and follow instructions on sheet for how to make the
box. Place a short word inside box in braille (no more than 4 letters). Have participants
place their fingers inside the box and try to read the bumps using the
translator on top. Focus on the special ability it takes to be able to read
with your fingers.
BRAILLE NAME OR MESSAGES
Have the participants write their name
in braille or send secret messages to each other.
Have participants try to tell the
group their favorite food, without speaking, writing, or drawing.
Have scouts learn to fingerspell their
STOP, DON’T LOOK AND LISTEN
People who have no sight often have
better other senses; hearing, touch, and smell, than other people who do. Next
time you’re outside, stop, close your eyes and listen to the world around you,
feel the bark of a tree, smell the air. See if you can sense something with
your other that you didn’t notice when you were looking.
SIGN THE CUB MOTTO
DO – Move
your hands side to side in front of you like your moving blocks around.
YOUR – Push
your right hand, palm out, away from you/towards the other person.
BEST – Touch
your right fingers to your lips and then put your thumb up in the air.
following questions quickly and out loud:
“What does a
silk worm make?... Silk, right
Now say Silk
3 times fast.
What does a
Most people will answer milk even
though when they think about it is obviously wrong. The Milk Test shows how the
brain can trick you if you don’t slow down. It can be a good lead in for a
Have participants read (to themselves)
the colors written on list #1 of the color test as fast as they can. Then have
them read to themselves the colors of the words, but not the words in list
#2. The participants should find it much
more difficult to read the colors of the words. They will find that they can do
it but at a much slower rate because they really need to focus and think about
each color. This simulates what a person with a reading disorder, like
dyslexia, will go through when trying to read. (You will need a color printer
to print the lists)
Color Test Lists
Have participants read (to themselves)
the words written on list #1 of the reading test as fast as they can. Then have
them read (to themselves) the words on list #2 (which are written
backwards). The participants should find
it much more difficult to read the backwards words. They will find that they
can do it but at a much slower rate because they really need to focus and think
about each word. This simulates what a person with a reading disorder, like
dyslexia, will go through when trying to read.
Reading Test Lists
Penny Pick Up
– Pick up pennies placed on the ground without bending your knees.
Signature - Sign your name using the hand you don’t normally use.
Stacking - While wearing loose gloves or mittens try to stack ten pennies.
One Arm Shirt
– Put on and button up a shirt using only one hand.
One Hand Shoe
Tie – Tie your shoe using only one hand.
Course – Set up a simple obstacle course and go through it with crutches, a
walker, or a wheelchair
BACK TO BACK COMMUNICATION
Back to Back Communication
demonstrates the difficulty and frustration that people with cognitive disabilities
can face with communication. Pair up
participants and make them stand back to back. Give each person a pencil and a
piece of paper with a symbol on one side and blank on the other (do not let the
other person see the symbol). The symbols should be a number of different
simple shapes in different sizes that overlap. Taking turns one person will
describe the symbol to their partner while the partner tries to draw it with
their pencil. Then switch roles.
Have person read the following
sentence counting the number of Fs. They may only read the passage once. Very
few people will count all the Fs. The reason why is that the word of sounds
like “ov” so the brain doesn’t register it as an F. This exercise help
demonstrate that for some people the brain just won’t process some information.
How it doesn’t make sense.
“FINISHED FILES ARE THE
RESULT OF YEARS OF
STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF MANY YEARS.”
One of the common difficulties faced
by people with developmental disabilities is sensory overload. This is when too
much is going on for them to process or that is comfortable. For some people
certain senses are amplified (ex. A fire engine siren may sound like it is
right next to your ear, a bright room may be blinding, or the feel of a slight
breeze may feel like there are ants all over you). Sensory overload can lead to
You can simulate sensory overload in
many ways. It only needs to have many distracting things going on at once while
the required activity is performed in a calm monotone way. For example do all
of the following at once:
participant answer a number of general questions about the scouting program
(calm, monotone, and not very interesting).
someone reading a loud passionate story or poem or turn a radio on loud
people dancing around the group
someone with a big piece of poster board fan the group
someone walk amongst the group asking meaningless questions.
participant should experience the difficulty and frustration of trying to focus
while all these distractions are going on. This will also simulate ADHD.
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