ERIC Number: ED390202
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Reference Count: N/A
Answers to Questions Commonly Asked by Families, Professionals, and Members of the Community. Information Pages for People Involved in the Lives of Individuals with Deaf-Blindness.
This packet contains six information pages providing basic answers to questions commonly asked by people involved with individuals who are deaf blind. The first one is on understanding deaf-blindness and addresses what the condition is, its impact on the ability to receive information, how the condition affects caregiver strategies, and what it is like to be deaf-blind. The second information page is on communication for individuals with deaf blindness. This page considers how such individuals communicate, how a caregiver can know which form of communication to use, the importance of a calendar system, the role of trust and bonding, and troubling behavior. The third information page considers behavior interventions for individuals with deaf-blindness. It discusses how deaf blindness and challenging behavior can be related, provision of more information to reduce behavior problems, teaching communication strategies, and the relationship of quality of life and communication/behavior. The fourth information page considers environmental modifications for individuals with deaf-blindness such as the need for special places, specific environmental changes, the importance of consistency and routine, reduction of visual and auditory "clutter," and modification of materials. The fifth information page discusses the importance of and ways to encourage active participation by individuals with deaf blindness. The last page lists six Texas resources for further information. (DB)
Descriptors: Accessibility (for Disabled), Behavior Problems, Caregivers, Deaf Blind, Elementary Secondary Education, Helping Relationship, Individual Needs, Interpersonal Communication, Interpersonal Relationship, Intervention, Nonverbal Communication, Quality of Life, Social Integration, Symptoms (Individual Disorders)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Parents; Community
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Note: In: The Texas Education Agency Services to Children with Deaf-Blindness: The Texas Project. Final Report; see EC 304 466.