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Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children Who are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities

05/19/2009 15:57
Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children Who are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities Edited by Charity Rowland, Ph.D. and published in 2009 by Design to Learn Projects of Oregon Health & Science University. This is an invaluable resource for any educator, therapist,...

Understanding Deafblindness: Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies

05/13/2009 14:19
Understanding Deafblindness: Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies Edited by Linda Alsop and published in 2002 by Hope, Inc. Understanding Deafblindness represents an outstanding overview of all major issues related to deaf-blindness.  The easy-to-use format includes plenty of...

Ty: New Features: Ask the Expert, Staff Picks

05/13/2009 12:33
Hi all Two new features: 1. CDBS now provides online technical assistance through its new Ask the Expert feature. It's also readily accessible through a permanent shortcut area in the lower-left hand corner of the front page. 2. Check out our new Staff Picks section which will be a section of...

Gloria: Isolation Versus Independence

04/21/2009 09:39
Think about this common classroom-setting scenario: A student is doing a task, and the person who is working with him is observing him carefully to make sure he is doing it correctly. This person only intervenes when she sees the student needing help to finish the task or when he is taking too...

01 - Communication: What is he trying to tell me?

04/06/2009 14:56
Some students who are deaf-blind cannot express some or all of what they want to say through speech, sign language, fingerspelling, writing or gestures. When the students cannot express themselves in these traditional ways, they often choose other ways of expression. The students choose the way...

Gloria: The Other Man’s Shoes

04/03/2009 15:13
Yesterday I was doing a training on tactile signing for staff at a residential setting who had a new student who is deaf-blind. I had been in this place before but the people and the particular room were we where meeting, were new. I did not know anyone there. In this training I asked people to...

24 Otitis Media

04/03/2009 11:01
Otitis Media What It Is, What Causes It, Its Effects, and Treatment   What it is: Otitis media is one of the most common problems for which a child is seen by a physician. It is an inflammation of the middle ear space and is usually accompanied by fluid build-up. This fluid may or may not be...

19 - Creating A Need to Communicate

04/03/2009 11:00
Fact Sheet 19 - Creating A Need to Communicate   Individuals with dual sensory impairments may show beginning communication skills in many ways. This communication may take the form of body movement, gestures, facial expressions, vocalizing, use of objects or people, pointing to pictures, or...

23 Visual Adaptations

04/03/2009 10:53
Visual Adaptations   Children who are deaf-blind but have a significant amount of vision can be assisted in using their vision to the greatest extent possible by adapting the environment and materials, or by teaching them strategies to meet the demands of the environment. Not all adaptations...

21 Supported Education

04/03/2009 10:52
  Supported Education Traditionally individuals with deaf-blindness have been educated in separate and specialized environments. Recently research and successful experiences have opened the doors to less restrictive educational programs for these students. Including students with their...