Tasman Leader : July 4th 2013
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Call in and see our friendly staff for advice Phone 546 5700 Anna, Bev, Andrea, Sharlene, Carl and Alastair. 5456176AA Avoid the CHILLS, we've got the PILLS Our winter wellness solution is your all-natural immune booster this winter. We GUARANTEE it! PHARMACY 03 548 6495 11 TAHUNANUI DRIVE (OPP KFC) Sign language success By ALASTAIR PAULIN Quiet communi- cation: Playing a game during a ''voice-off'' sign language class were Motueka South School pupils, from left, Blair Hamilton, Kayden Richards (pointing), Dale Herbst, Chey Ballard, Brigid Creagh, and Shaynese Grooby. Photo: ALASTAIR PAULIN The first time New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) tutor Cathy Gutschlag saw the entire student body of Motueka South School signing the national anthem, she almost cried. It was a signal that the whole school had embraced the innovative programme she is teaching, making Motueka South one of the first three schools in the country where New Zealand's third offic- ial language, NZSL, is being taught throughout the school. Three classes are taking part in the O'Brien NZSL Programme and halfway through the year, Cathy is thrilled with the response. From the principal to the deputy prin- cipal to staff to the youngest kids, every- one has taken it on. I just love coming here every Monday.'' Most classes where it is taught include a hearing impaired student but Nelson Hearing Association educator Bridget Thompson said those students were not the only target. By making peers and tea- chers comfortable with NZSL, the pro- gramme is spreading acceptance of sign language and making classrooms more comfortable for hearing-impaired pupils. Cathy teaches a voice-off'' class, teach- ing vocabulary using pictures and signs. One popular game is to have a pupil in the middle of a circle trying to guess which pupil is changing the sign that the whole class is making. Inroom6,aclassofyear6and7 pupils, teacher aide Chris Henderson said the programme had made a big dif- ference for profoundly deaf pupil Chey Ballard, who also has cerebral palsy. It definitely has been beneficial to her communication because she can't talk at all. She has more interaction now that they can sign too, and the other children are much more comfortable in approach- ing her.'' Cathy said the difference was not just in communication but in creating an environment where for once, Chey is on an equal footing with her hearing peers. She said Chey was much more likely to smile and join in because during sign language class, she is just one of the kids''. She said it also gave the other pupils and staff new respect and new aware- ness'' of what life was like for Chey and other hearing impaired people. Bridget said 16 per cent of the popu- lation has a hearing impairment and that is expected to rise to 25 per cent by 2050. The programme ripples beyond the three classes -- one junior, one intermedi- ate and one senior -- where it is taught. Last Monday room 6 led a whole school assembly where they showed some of the signs they had learned and the whole school signed the national anthem. Cathy interprets each Monday assembly in sign language. Bridget said the programme would last as long as the hearing association's O'Br- ien Trust funds could sustain it, with the hope being that teachers will become skilled enough to take over Cathy's role so she could take the programme into other schools. The programme is also being taught in Hampden St School in Nelson and Birchwood School in Stoke. For more information contact the Nelson Hearing Association at 548 3270 or hearingnelson.co.nz.
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