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Deaf-Blind Infants and Children: A Developmental Guide/ McInnes, John M.; Treffry, Jacquelyn. -- University of Toronto Press: 1982, xiv, 284.

A reference guide for teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals working or living with children who are both deaf and blind. Provides day-to-day guidance and suggestions about techniques for assessing and for devising programs. Good overviews on communication, motor development, perceptual development, and on orientation and mobility. Available in Spanish. Available from University of Toronto Press, (416) 978-2239. Publisher's web site:

Essential Elements in Early Intervention: Visual Impairment and Multiple Disabilities/ Chen, Deborah (Ed.) -- AFB Press: 1999, 503.

This book presents information about assessment and intervention strategies for infants and young children (birth to 36 months) who have visual impairment in addition to other disabilities, including deaf-blindness. Specific topics covered include: a description of early intervention services, including the rationale for early intervention based on recent research about brain development; current federal requirements; early developmental needs and the importance of caregiver interactions; early identification, including a discussion of conditions associated with multiple disabilities; functional vision assessment; hearing loss assessment, including functional hearing assessment; and interventions that focus on early communication. Available from AFB Press, Customer Service, P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143, 1-800-232-3044, (412) 741-0609 (fax). Information in this book is derived from The Model Demonstration Early Intervention Network Serving Infants Who are Deaf-Blind and Their Families, funded by the U.S. Department of Education from 1993 to 1997. An earlier manual, "Effective Practices in Early Intervention," was also produced as a result of the project. Publisher's web site:

Promoting Learning Through Active Interaction (PLAI): An Instructional Video/ Chen, Deborah, Ph.D.; Klein, M. Diane, Ph.D., CCC-SLP; Haney, Michele, Ph.D. -- Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. 2000, 27 minutes.

This video and accompanying viewing guide demonstrates key strategies to promote communication in infants and young children who have severe disabilities, including visual impairments, through five modules. These modules include: 1) Understanding Infant Cues; 2) Identifying Infant Preferences and Dislikes; 3) Establishing Predictable Routines; 4) Establishing Turn Taking; and 5) Encouraging Initiation of Communication. The video should be used with the curriculum, which is designed for service providers working with infants and young children with severe disabilities who are at a presymbolic level of development. Available in Spanish.Order from: Customer Service Department, Brookes Publishing, P.O. Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624, Tel. 800-638-3775, FAX 410-337-8539. Publisher's web site:

A Resource Manual for Understanding and Interacting with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Age Children with Deaf-Blindness/ Alsop, Linda, Ed. 1993.--HOPE, Inc. UT.

The manual's purpose is to give insight, information, and strategies for intervention to service providers for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children who are deaf-blind. The manual is divided into fourteen sections containing topic information specific to deaf-blindness. These topics include: basic information about deaf-blindness and the need for appropriate intervention; learning problems; information about hearing loss and auditory development; vision loss and stimulation; touch and tactile stimulation; daily care and self-help skills; massage techniques; fine and gross motor skills, and positioning and handling techniques; orientation and mobility; social and emotional development, and behavior issues; special health care needs including massage; ideas regarding play and toys. Order information: HOPE, Inc., 1856 North 1200 East, North Logan, UT 84341; phone/fax: (435) 245-2888; e-mail: Publisher's web site:  

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