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17 - Innovative Living Options

04/03/2009 10:50
Fact Sheet 17 - Innovative Living Options   The traditional choices for out-of-home placement for individuals with disabilities include foster homes, group homes, residential state facilities, state hospitals and private residential facilities. Even with these options, families may have...

14 - Making Changes in Routines

04/03/2009 10:49
Fact Sheet 14 - Making Changes in Routines   Children with deaf-blindness, like others, frequently resist changes in their routines. They may be frightened, angry, or refuse to participate in the new activity. To assist the child in accepting and understanding what will happen next, you can...

15 - Relaxation Strategies

04/03/2009 10:49
Fact Sheet 15 - Relaxation Strategies   An individual with dual sensory impairments can become tense, frightened, or angry due to confusion, medical conditions, and unexpected change. Various strategies have been developed which can help an individual learn to relax his body. When relaxed, he...

13 - Encouraging Exploration

04/03/2009 10:48
Fact Sheet 13 - Encouraging Exploration   Children with deaf-blindness need to be encouraged to explore their environment using all their senses. This exploration will help the child build skills in all areas of development. You can encourage the child to explore his surroundings in the...

12 - Tolerating Touch

04/03/2009 10:47
Fact Sheet 12 - Tolerating Touch   Some children with deaf-blindness may not like to be touched with certain textures or on certain parts of their bodies. This is called "tactile defensiveness". This sensitivity frequently involves the hands and/or face. It is important to assist the child in...

11 - Appropriate Touch

04/03/2009 10:46
Fact Sheet 11 - Appropriate Touch   Sometimes the enthusiastic attempts of children with deaf-blindness to begin introductions to and friendships with other people are seen as frightening if the touch is too rough. The child may also approach people very closely in order to use her senses of...

09 - Teaching Body Language

04/03/2009 10:44
Fact Sheet 09 - Teaching Body Language   We communicate a lot of information about our feelings through our body language: our facial expression, the way we position ourselves, distance from others, and gestures. We receive this information primarily through our vision. The child with dual...

10 - Developing Independence

04/03/2009 10:44
Fact Sheet 10 - Developing Independence   The child who is deaf-blind needs your help to explore the world through touch and movement. You may be afraid he will get hurt, but all children receive a few bumps and bruises as they grow up. He needs to get out and move around to increase...

08 - How To Interact With Individuals With Dual Sensory Impairments

04/03/2009 10:43
Individuals with dual sensory impairments need to use their senses of touch and smell to be aware of the people, places, and things in their environment. These individuals may have some remaining vision and/or hearing, yet still rely upon their senses of touch and smell to confirm what they saw/...

06 - Ideas For Recreation and Leisure Activities

04/03/2009 10:40
Fact Sheet 06 - Ideas For Recreation and Leisure Activities Both parents and professionals frequently have difficulty developing a variety of ideas for including individuals with dual sensory impairments in recreation and leisure activities. The goal of both parents and professionals is to include...