DB 101: Communication


Communication Interactions: It Takes Two
Brief description of some characteristics of communication and presents example of communication interaction.

Receptive Communication: How Children Understand Your Messages to Them
Explains the special circumstances in communicating with a child who is deaf-blind and presents strategies to increase receptive communication skills.

Expressive Communication: How Send Their Messages to You
Presents the continuum of expressive communication modes used by children who are deaf-blind along with examples.

Forms and Practices

Creating a Need to Communicate
Individuals who are deaf-blind develop communication skills in many ways. It can be helpful to create a need for increasing the use of these new communication forms.

Communication Forms - Oregon Deaf-Blind Project Workshop Training Series on Early Communication
This module discusses what it means for all communication to have form, function, content and context.

Teaching Pre-Linguistic Communication
Discusses how children can be encouraged and taught to use gestures and vocalizations to communicate intentionally.

Path to Symbolism
Describes the importance of early communication experiences for the development of symbolic communication in children who are deaf-blind.

Let Me Check My Calendar
Discusses the use of calendar systems with students who are deaf-blind.

Learning Through Touch

Selected Definitions - Project SALUTE
This list of tactile strategies represents a synthesis of opinion from experts and practitioners in the field and a review of the literature.

Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands
Discusses the role that hands play in typical development and what is important about hands and touch for the development of children who are deaf-blind.

Project SALUTE: Successful Adaptations for Learning to Use Touch Effectively
This website provides an extensive resource for the use of tactile strategies in working with children who are deaf-blind. A collection of Information Sheets provide descriptions of important communication forms.

Some Things to Learn from Learning Through Touch
A brief overview of the physiology of touch and how to develop hand function for sensory impaired children.

Video Presentations

Conversations: A Personal Reflection About Deafblindness - Communicating & Learning with Persons who are Deafblind by Barbara Miles
In this webcast, Barbara Miles, a well-know as an author and lecturer, discusses her approach to engaging in conversations with students who are deafblind.

Calendar Conversation
Demonstrates a teacher and student having a conversation using a calendar system.

Reflections on Deafblindness: Hands & Touch
Barbara Miles discusses the unique function hands serve for individuals who are deafblind and explains how critical realizations changed the way she interacts with the hands of children who are deafblind.

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