- Selected Topics
- What is Deaf-Blindness
- Definitions of Deaf-Blindness
- Causes of Deaf-Blindness
- National Child Count & Demographics
- Communication Overview
- Early Communication
- Prelinguistic Communication
- Object Communication
- Symbolic Communication
- Sign Language
- Accessing the General Curriculum
- Auditory Training
- Calendar Systems
- Concept Development
- Daily Living Skills
- Environmental Considerations
- Harmonious Interactions
- Lilli Nielsen and Active Learning
- Orientation & Mobility
- Play & Recreation
- Social Interactions
- Tactile Strategies
- Universal Design for Learning
- van Dijk Approach
- Identification & Referral
- Early Intervention
- Assessment Overview
- Assessment Tools and Instruments
- Alternate Assessment
- Program Planning
- IEP Development
- IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act)
- Assistive Technology
- History of Deaf-Blind Education
- Self Determination
- Person Centered Planning
- Postsecondary Education
- Independent Living
- Customized Employment
- Sex Education
- Adult Services
- Intervener Services
- Support Service Provider
- Personnel Development & Training
- Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Individuals
- Interpreting for Deaf-Blind Individuals - Annotated Bibliography
- Training Resources
- Family Resources
- Personal Narratives - Family Stories
- Personal Narratives
- Art & Writing
- Cochlear Implants
- Functional Hearing
- Functional Vision
- Sensory Integration
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder/Auditory Neuropathy
- CHARGE Syndrome Webcasts and Presentations
- CHARGE Syndrome
- Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS)
- Cortical Visual Impairment
- Retinal Degenerative Disease
- Usher Syndrome
- Applications of Technology
- Research to Practice
- Topical Overviews
- Practice Perspectives
- Tools For TA
- Information Packets
- Deaf-Blind Perspectives
- Webinar Recordings
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Tools for Functional Hearing
The American Printing House for the Blind publishes the “Sensory Learning Kit” (SLK). The SLK can be used to document responses to auditory information for children that have the most profound multiple impairments.
The ELF is an instrument designed to obtain an indication of the functional use of hearing in very young children.
This instrument assesses the functional auditory skills of children with hearing loss. It can be used by parents, therapists, early interventionists and teachers.
IT-MAIS is a modification of the Meaningful Auditory Integration Scale (MAIS). It is a structured interview schedule designed to assess the child’s
spontaneous responses to sound in his/her everyday environment. The assessment is based upon information provided by the child’s parent(s).
Produced by the Texas state project this inventory can be used to determine what sounds the child responds to and what he does to indicate he has heard something.
Produced by Texas School for the Blind this document describes the process of determining how a child used his or her hearing in various environments across the course of the day and helps to identify what variables support the best use of hearing in order to continuously improve the use of hearing.
Observational form used to determine a childs response to sound within his or her daily environment.
This tool was developed using the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders’ “Your Child’s Hearing Development Checklist.”
This instrument comes out of the Children Who are Deaf-Blind with Cochlear Implants Study and is designed to assist parents to identifying environmental sounds that are common to individualized homes and communities. Once families have identified the sounds, they can then select a few sounds that occur frequently and that they want their child to detect via his/her cochlear implant.
Designed by the Children Who are Deaf-Blind with Cochlear Implants Study, this matrix is designed to assist in developing auditory skills in children with CI who must learn that sounds have meaning. Demonstrates pairing an auditory cue with gesture, touch or object cues.
The Pacific Deafblind Project created a list of environmental sounds and accompanying decibel levels along with instructions for use as a functional hearing assessment.
Functional Hearing Recording form.
A series of questions to ask to determine behavior and responses related to hearing.
Typical milestones for birth to 3 years of age. Developed by the Wisconsin Birth to Three Program.
Produced by the New Jersey state project, this tools is based on the belief that deafness and blindness are not separate impairments when encountered in an individual but are intertwined in their effect. The existence of impairment to both auditory and visual systems reflects a cumulative rather than additive effect and this tool provides a systematic approach to assess a child’s overall sensory functioning.
A list and description of hearing assessments to determine degree of hearing loss and configuration of hearing loss as well as other tests to determine how parts of the ear are functioning.