Recognizing and Understanding Sensory Loss

Audiences: SPOE IP MDT

This unit provides information about combined vision and hearing loss, including risk factors, the diversity of the population, and impact on early development.

PowerPoint Slides

IN Training (Part 1): Slides 34-36
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These slides cover the impact of hearing loss, vision loss, and deaf-blindness.

PA Webinar: Slides 15-24
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These slides provide an overview of typical learning versus learning for a student with deaf-blindness and considerations for learning.

Videos

IN Training: Impact of Deaf-Blindness
IN Training: Impact of Deaf-Blindness Transcript

Barbara Purvis talks about the impact of vision loss, hearing loss, and deaf-blindness (2:29).

IN Training: Early Development
IN Training: Early Development Transcript

Barbara Purvis talks about how infants and toddlers learn (2:13).

Recorded Presentations

Interventions for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Job Aid)

This resource is a bit complicated to get to, but is well worth the effort:

  • Go to  http://training.eita-pa.org/
  • Click on "Log in" in the upper right corner
  • If you don't already have an account, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on "Create New Account"
  • You will receive an e-mail to confirm your registration
  • The link should bring you back to this page: http://training.eita-pa.org/ (if it does not, enter the url into your browser)
  • Click on "Interventions for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss (Job Aid)" under "Service Delivery"
  • Scroll down and click on the blue "Enroll me" button
  • Click on "Interventions for Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss 2017-18" with the yellow box next to it
  • Begin!

Handouts

Welcome to My Home

This anonymous reflection employs honesty and humor to provide a family perspective on welcoming professionals into their home.

PowerPoint Slides

IN Training (Part 1): Slides 38-43
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These slides give an overview of incidental learning.

Photos

PowerPoint Slides

IN Training (Part 1): Slides 1-23
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These slides provide an overview of deaf-blindness–identifying children, risk factors, conditions, and signs and symptoms.

PA Webinar: Slides 1-17
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These slides cover the definition of deaf-blindness, etiologies, and prevalence.

Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: Slides
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PowerPoint from a webinar presented by Megan Cote, Carol Darrah, and Emma Nelson for CEC's Division for Early Childhood on 1/18/17.

Recorded Presentations

PA Webinar: Intro Section

This is the introduction to a webinar presented by Megan Cote, Carol Darrah, and Emma Nelson for Part C providers and coordinators in Pennsylvania (3:04).

PA Webinar: Definitions, Etiology, and Prevalence Section

Megan Cote provides the definition of deaf-blindness as well as an overview of etiologies, diversity, population, and prevalence of children with deaf-blindness (6:10).

PA Webinar: Considerations for Learning Section

Carol Darrah gives an overview of typical learning versus the learning of children with deaf-blindness (9:54).

Identifying and Supporting Young Children with Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: Recording

This webinar was presented by Megan Cote, Carol Darrah, and Emma Nelson for CEC's Division for Early Childhood on 1/18/17.

Photos

PowerPoint Slides

IN Training (Part 1): Slides 24-32
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These slides cover the implications of prematurity, ongoing medical issues, and multiple disabilities.

Handouts

Combined Vision and Hearing Loss: Implications of Prematurity

This four-page factsheet from the Indiana Deaf-Blind Services Project is useful for both service providers and families.

Welcome to My Home

This anonymous reflection employs honesty and humor to provide a family perspective on welcoming professionals into their home.

PowerPoint Slides

IN Training (Part 1): Slides 6-23
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These slides cover identification of children with deaf-blindness, risk factors, and signs and symptoms.

Handouts

Risk Factors for Combined Vision and Hearing Loss

A list of conditions and syndromes that are associated with vision/hearing loss.

Signs, Symptoms & Risk Factors

Pages 3–6 of this document from Washington Sensory Disabilities Services cover symptoms and risk factors associated with vision and hearing loss in young children and list vision- and hearing-related developmental milestones.

Vision and Hearing – A List of Who’s Who

This one-page factsheet briefly describes the roles of various vision and hearing professionals.

ICD-9 Codes

A list of etiologies related to sensory loss with corresponding medical billing codes. Useful for states with diagnoses that automatically qualify a child for Part C services.

ICD-10 Codes

A list of etiologies related to sensory loss with corresponding medical billing codes. Useful for states with diagnoses that automatically qualify a child for Part C services.

Activity 1:
Take an infant or toddler's medical records and using the risk factors lists and the ICD-10 codes, determine whether the child might be considered deaf-blind. Then, locate and contact your state deaf-blind project to talk about potential referral.

Activity 2:
Think about a child you know. That child has an identified vision OR hearing loss. After doing a home visit, you suspect that the child really has a combined vision AND hearing loss. Think about when and how you would talk to the family about the possible dual loss. Is your approach different based upon which type of additional loss you suspect?

Reflection:
Think about the impact on the family quality of life and list concerns that may need to be addressed in the IFSP as well as resources you may want to provide.

Activity 3:
Complete this assignment on cerebral visual impairment developed by NCDB and the Oregon Deafblind Project.

Activity 4:
Describe incidental learning in your own words. How does a combined vision and hearing loss affect a child's incidental learning? What kind of direct learning experiences would help the child learn about the objects, people, and activities in their environment?