LSU Students Donate Sensory Books to Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired

BATON ROUGE - This holiday season, visually impaired students received the gift of stories, thanks to a group of community-minded LSU students. These Tigers are a part of the undergraduate chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association or NSSLHA.

Members of LSU's undergraduate chapter of the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association created sensory books for visually impaired students. Photo Credit: Amanda Jordan


“I collaborate with the speech pathologist at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired, and she expressed the need for these books for their visually impaired preschool children,” said Shannon Farho, clinical instructor with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and faculty advisor for LSU’s NSSLHA. “This is the first time we’ve ever done it.”

During a recent meeting, the group converted 30 children’s books into tactile books for students in preschool through second grade.

“We took regular children’s books and added materials to enhance the pictures,” said chapter President Amanda Jordan. “It’s to help children become more literate. Most children can look at an elephant in a book and understand it, but it’s hard to imagine an elephant if you can’t see one.”

The LSU students were able to present the books to the students.


LSU students added materials to children's books to create sensory books. The books were later donated to the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.Photo Credit: Amanda Jordan

 “It was a really great experience. I’m happy we got to do it. To be able to enhance their reading experience felt really good because it’s important for the other aspects of their development,” Jordan said.




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