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ERIC Number: EJ908036
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0145-482X
Interaction of Dual Sensory Loss, Cognitive Function, and Communication in People Who Are Congenitally Deaf-Blind
Dammeyer, Jesper
Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness, v104 n11 p719-725 Nov 2010
It is well known that the development of social interaction and communication is important for the development of children and adults who are congenitally deaf-blind, and the development depends on the skills of a partner (such as a teacher of students with visual impairments, a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing, and parents) in deaf-blind communication. This study investigates the relationship, if any, between communicative abilities and cognitive function among persons who are congenitally deaf-blind. In this study, communication abilities and cognitive function were found to be interrelated. This is also true for individuals with hearing and sight, but for people who are congenitally deaf-blind, the vulnerability concerning communication is much greater. The communication partner's education in deaf-blindness was found to be an important element for individuals who are deaf-blind to have good communication abilities. Clinical implications of this study point to a strong need for people who are deaf-blind to work to improve their communication abilities throughout their lives. Further research is needed. Issues of interest will be the impact of specialized educational programs and early life opportunities to acquire language on the level of cognitive functioning among people who are deaf-blind. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark