ERIC Number: ED412698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-May
Reference Count: N/A
Early Interactions with Children Who Are Deaf-Blind. Fact Sheet.
Gleason, Deborah; Smith, Ann Warren, Ed.
DB-LINK, May 1997
This factsheet presents numerous ways that parents can interact with their deaf-blind children. The challenges facing children with deaf-blindness are explained and compared to children without disabilities. Ways to recognize and then respond to children's actions are suggested, and tips for developing good communication are presented, including using consistent daily routines, providing the child with cues so he or she can learn to anticipate what is going to happen, and giving the child opportunities to experience having control over his or her environment. Practical suggestions are provided for giving children consistent sensory cues, including: (1) establishing predictable routines with clear beginnings and endings; (2) giving choices; (3) remembering to offer pauses; (4) watching for cues; (5) inventing your own games; (6) taking advantage of "accidents"; (7) encouraging use of all sensory information; (8) adapting the environment; (9) helping the child interpret the limited sights and sounds that are available; (10) monitoring levels of stimulation; (11) proving opportunities to make choices; (12) using appropriate cues; and (13) helping the child interact with others. Contains a list of 20 printed resources and 5 organizational resources on children with deaf-blindness. (CR)
Descriptors: Children, Cues, Deaf Blind, Interpersonal Communication, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Sensory Training
DB-LINK, 345 Monmouth Ave., Monmouth OR 97361; phone: 800-438-9376; TTY: 800-854-7013.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Information Clearinghouse on Children Who Are Deaf-Blind, Monmouth, OR.