ERIC Number: ED422703
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Teaching Language Concepts to Multihandicapped Deaf Students.
Brasch, Marilyn; Boespflug, Pam
This brief paper offers suggestions for parents and teachers working together to develop meaningful communication skills in deaf multihandicapped children. An intervention program developed by Jan VanDijk is described. This program involves the use of environmental engineering to teach language concepts with materials such as a calendar box with partitions containing pictures or objects to help the child understand his/her daily routine, a communication triangle to help the child learn to signal his wishes by gazing, pointing, signing, or speaking, and an experience book or journal that goes back and forth between school and home to encourage the child to tell about his experiences. The paper also recommends useful resources for these children such as a digital camera, some computer software image collections, and overlays to adapt the computer keyboard. (DB)
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Communication Skills, Concept Formation, Deafness, Educational Technology, Elementary Education, Instructional Materials, Intervention, Language Acquisition, Multiple Disabilities, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Preschool Education, Severe Disabilities, Teaching Methods
World Wide Web: http://www.dinf.org/csun 98/csun98 oo6.htm
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Montana School for the Deaf and the Blind, Great Falls.
Note: Paper presented at the California State University Northridge Conference on Technology and Persons with Disabilities (Los Angeles, CA, March 1998).