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snaphappyscottiedog

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 13:01
I joined this site back on the 26th of January 2011 with the intentions of being a regular site visitor and had intended to buy a K7 but all of that was put on hold for just over 14 months. Suffice to say 2011 was a bad year as my Dad past away in the June after suffering with dementia. He had started going down hill just about the time I joined Then my mother passed the same way but in January of this year.

After the dust had settled and in March this year I bought myself a K5 and I love it to bits. Everyday walking my dogs my camera is with me and i have managed to get some good shots. Well I think so anyway.

Having this camera has also led me into a new part time job teaching basic Photography skills photographing things like wild flowers and animal life all conected with the woodlands to a branch out group of mental health patients from the local area and possibly to a cardiac rehab group in the near future. This all starts in the next four weeks i'm just waiting for a confirmation date.

I myself have very little knowledge of teaching so if there are any teachers or those who look after mental health people (if i've said this wrong please forgive me) that could give me advice of any sort i would be most greatful. I have already started a raport with the guys in the group joining in some of the other outdoor activities that they do.
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DoctorJeff

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 14:19
snaphappyscottiedog wrote:

I myself have very little knowledge of teaching so if there are any teachers or those who look after mental health people (if i've said this wrong please forgive me) that could give me advice of any sort i would be most greatful. I have already started a raport with the guys in the group joining in some of the other outdoor activities that they do.

1 - Remind them that you are not a trained teacher - "so if something need more explanation ---ASK".

2 - I have never worked with people with mental health problems, only with the disabled. The principle is probably the same: they can do most everything that you can - but they are normal and you are the abnormal one.

3 - Every time you introduce a new concept or technique, make sure that everyone has grasped it before you move on.

4 - For a bit of practice, put your right hand in an old sock (boxing glove if you have one) and start to demonstrate the normal use of your camera. You will find way of coping with your new disability, and this may give you a handle on how to put things across to your class.

HTH Geoff
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and then there's all the M42 kit, and the accessories ...

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snaphappyscottiedog

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 14:35
Thanks DoctorJeff for your advice and i will use it. Back in the early eighties I was a involved with the disabled at a local day centre and soon found out that I was the one learning this was only for six months before I joined the army.
I like the idea of using a boxing glove but I think I shall find an old non working camera on ebay first.
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Mike-P

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 15:30
I have a son of 17 who has Downs Syndrome and probably has the mental age of about 3 or 4 and I would say the thing you need most is patience ... and lots of it.

It's hard work and you get very little back considering the effort involved but sometimes, just sometimes he will do something that gives me a broad smile and makes all the grind worth it.
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snaphappyscottiedog

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 15:34
Thanks Mike I'll remember that.
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Mike-P

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 15:34
Oh and if your camera/video recorder/dvd player/42" plasma television/phone/laptop/games console/watch/dog/you ends up covered in water or being thrown against a wall and smashed to pieces because you carelessly left it somewhere you thought safe which turned out not to be .. just remember to try and put it somewhere even safer next time.

Have had that happen numerous times
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Last Edited by Mike-P on 26/07/2012 - 15:35

snaphappyscottiedog

Link Posted 26/07/2012 - 16:44
LOL, I must keep this bit of info in my top 5
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