Learning to interpret tactile graphics is a long process and should begin well before formal maps of countries and continents are introduced. In order for tactile graphics to be meaningful, a student must first be able to:
- interpret spatial relations between objects, as well as the spatial relationship between himself and other objects
- interpret the relationship between three-dimensional objects and their two-dimensional representations
The Picture Maker Wheatley Tactile Diagramming Kit from APH is a great way to introduce students to these relational concepts.