2011 - Forgotten Senses: Vestibular and Proprioceptive - David Brown

by National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness on Apr 1, 2011
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October 2011


by David Brown, California Deaf-Blind Services.

The importance of the vestibular and proprioceptive senses for development is rarely understood, yet difficulties with these senses are very prevalent with children with deaf-blindness. Simple adaptations to positioning, pacing, and materials can often facilitate greatly improved functioning.

This presentation:

  • provides simple explanations of the two ‘forgotten’ senses, how they work and what purposes they serve
  • describes ways in which different senses interact to facilitate effective functioning
  • examines reasons why there might be difficulties with the working of the ‘forgotten’ senses
  • considers simple adaptations to positioning, physical support, pacing and sequencing of activities, and play/teaching materials that can often facilitate greatly improved functioning

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