…I also learned things I never really understood after 30 years in nursing because the models allow you to visualize in 3-D and make more physiologic correlations. Thanks Zahourek.

Joleen Rinaldo, Secondary Med Prep Instructor, Northeastern Junior College, Sterling, CO

Interview: Linda Huntoon from Florida School for the Deaf and Blind

Posted by: ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System | Posted on: April 17th, 2013 | 0 Comments

This week we interviewed Linda Huntoon, Integrated Science, Biology, and Anatomy & Physiology teacher at the Blind High School at the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind, in St. Augustine,FL. For nearly a decade, Linda has been using the ANATOMY IN CLAY® Learning System and MANIKEN® Models for Anatomy instruction.

She originally discovered the learning system at the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) conference when she attended “A Short Workshop on Muscles” presentation, and knew right away that the methodology would help the blind students in their studies.

Previous to utilizing our system, Linda actually used vegetables (!) to demonstrate the plan of the body–lateral, dorsal, distal, etc. She humorously points out that with the Learning System, the anatomical terminology “makes much more sense on a MANIKEN® Model than on a cucumber.”

She goes on, “Anatomy & Physiology is a great class to teach to blind students. The students bring their own lab equipment (their bodies) to class. But they can’t get inside like they can with the Learning System. Astronomy would be a much more abstract class to teach the blind.” She also reminds us however, that “their lack of vision is not preventing them from doing what sighted students do.”

When asked about the unique learning style of blind students, Linda says, “you want to address all their modalities of learning–touch, taste, smell, and hearing. You also provide them with as many concrete examples of ideas and concepts as possible. The students receive most of their information tactually.”

She references the company’s trademark motto, The Mind Cannot Forget What the Hands have Learned™, to emphasize the poignancy in relationship to the students at her school. Linda wholeheartedly believes in the efficacy of the learning system, and she wants others to know about the tremendous educational potential it presents for blind or visually impaired students.

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