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DB 101 Introductory Page


DB 101 Introductory Page

DB 101 is designed to introduce you to children who are deaf-blind. These brief summaries provide information about the nature of deaf-blindness, the impact of combined vision and hearing loss on communication and social interactions, and the importance of individualized educational strategies and supports.

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Children Who are Deaf-Blind
The nature and extent of deaf-blindness in children is often misunderstood. Annual Child Count data reveal that the population of children with deaf-blindness is diverse and their needs are varied and complex.

Young deaf-blind child in classroom

Assessment
Assessment of children who are deaf-blind requires an individualized approach in order to discover each child's unique abilities and needs. Assessment information is typically gathered using a combination of strategies.

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Educational Services
Children with deaf-blindness require teaching methods that are different from those for children who have only hearing or vision loss. Meaningful programs for these students require natural opportunities to learn and communicate.

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Environment
It is important to pay attention to environmental factors that enhance or inhibit learning. These include how a child is positioned, lighting, background noise, and distractions. Find out the types of settings and materials that help a child function at his or her best.

Two people tactile signing

Communication
Nothing is more important than learning to communicate. Children who are deaf-blind typically lack sufficient vision and hearing to watch and listen to others. Their opportunities to learn through observation, imitation, and interaction are limited. They need individualized strategies and interactions to help them learn to communicate.

Two smiling children, one of whom is deaf-blind

Social-Emotional
Children who are deaf-blind require increased opportunities and specific techniques and strategies to help them develop quality interactions, emotional attachments and healthy relationships.

Young deaf-blind adults and young hearing-sighted adults dancing

Motor-Movement
Combined hearing and vision loss can inhibit natural curiosity and the motivation to move. A child who is deaf-blind needs interactive strategies in order to develop an interest in the world and to develop the skills to maneuver in the environment.

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