Caption: [Kristin: Spelling as a Young Girl]
The video is in black and white. A woman is sitting next to a young
girl who is sitting in a wheelchair. She pulls out a large board with
letters on it and places it in front of the girl while addressing the
Judy: “One thing that did work wonderfully for her was an alphabet
board which fit on her wheelchair. At that time she had a standard wheelchair.
Kris could use her eyes to look at the letters for spelling lessons.”
Kristin is looking at the letters on the board.
Judy: “Let’s show them how that works, Kris. It was on
a different wheelchair and lower down. Can you spell a word for me?
I just sit across from Kris so I can see back where she’s looking
and to then help her stay symmetrical. Okay, I’ll get down like
Judy moves directly in front of Kristin.
Judy: “Can you spell a word for me?”
The woman points at each letter while looking at Kristin. A response
from Kristin indicates that she has chosen that letter. In one case,
Kristin looks at the woman to let her know she made a mistake.
Kristin [looking at the board and signaling to the woman]: “…’b’…’a’…’b’…no,
[laughter from Kristin]
Judy: “Okay. This is how Kris would use her eyes to spell.”