Books on Communication

by DB-LINK on Mar 1, 2004
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Many excellent publications on Communication are not available online. The following is a list of some key resources. If you have additional questions, please contact us via email:

2004-0607 First Things First : Early Communication for the Pre-Symbolic Child with Severe Disabilities --Rowland, Charity, Ph.D.; Schweigert, Philip, M.Ed. Portland, OR: Oregon Health & Science University. (2004)This book describes instructional strategies for teaching early communication skills to children with severe disabilities who are not yet ready to use symbols to communicate. It includes an explanation of pre-symbolic communication, an overview of pre-symbolic instruction, and information about how to assess a child's current communication skills and determine a child's preferences. It provides strategies for teaching children how to use pre-symbolic behaviors such as gestures, facial expressions, vocalizations, and switches to gain attention, to request more, and to communicate choices (choice-making). Cost: $43.00. Available from OHSU Design to Learn Products: Phone: 888-909-4030, ext. 108. E-mail: Publisher's web site:

2000-0469 Promoting Learning Through Active Interaction : A Guide to Early Communication with Young Children Who Have Multiple Disabilities --Klein, M. Diane, Ph.D.; Chen, Deborah, Ph.D.; Haney, Michele, Ph.D. Baltimore: Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. (2000)The Promoting Learning Through Active Interaction (PLAI) curriculum is designed primarily for infants, preschoolers, and young children with severe or multiple disabilities (including deaf-blindness) who are not yet initiating symbolic communication and who have a limited repertoire of communicative behavior. It can also be used with older children who have not yet developed intentional communication. The curriculum consists of a Caregiver Interview to identify a child's current communication abilities and 5 modules: 1) Understanding Your Child's Cues; 2) Identifying Your Child's Preferences; 3) Establishing Predictable Routines; 4) Establishing Turn Taking; and 5) Encouraging Communicative Initiations. The curriculum also contains handouts and recording sheets in both English and Spanish. A video (Promoting Learning Through Active Interaction: An Instructional Video) is also available in English and Spanish. Publisher's web site:

1999-0349 Remarkable Conversations : Guide to developing meaningful communication with children and young adults who are deafblind --Miles, Barbara (Ed.); Riggio, Marianne (Ed.) Watertown, MA: Perkins School for the Blind. (1999)This book is a practical guide for teachers, family members and others who play a critical, direct role in the lives of children who are deafblind. Good communication is emphasized and illustrated with stories that are based on positive, real experiences. The beginning chapters lay the foundation for the development of instructional programs for children who are congenitally deafblind or who have become deafblind early in life. Later chapters look more specifically and sequentially at the nuts and bolts of providing meaningful experiences for these learners. The final chapters address some of the underlying issues that are fundamental to providing personalized educational services for infants, children, and young adults who are deafblind. The book is available from Perkins School for the Blind , 175 North Beacon Street, Watertown, MA 02472, Attn: Public Relations & Publications. Telephone: (617)972-7328; fax: (617)972-7334. The cost is $40.00. Publisher's web site:

2002-0283 Understanding Deafblindness : Issues, Perspectives, and Strategies --Alsop, Linda, M.Ed. (Ed.) Logan, UT: SKI-HI Institute, Utah State University. (2002) A comprehensive 2-volume curriculum for parents, interveners, and service providers working with children and young adults who are deaf-blind. The first volume contains three chapters that introduce the concept of communication in a reader-friendly format. The chapters cover communication basics, how to promote early communication, and the importance of interactive relationships to promote communication. Available from Hope Publishing, Inc. Phone/Fax: 435-245-2888 . E-mail: Publisher's web site:

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