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The Sooner the Better: A Framework for Training Early Intervention Practitioners on Deaf-Blindness

Cognitive Skills

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Audiences: Families MDT SC DSP

This unit provides information about the impact of a dual sensory loss on cognitive development and intervention strategies related to cognitive skills.

Impact

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IN Training (Part 2): Slides 57-59
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These slides cover the impact of vision and hearing loss on the development of cognitive skills.

Concept Development

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IN Training (Part 2): Slides 67-72
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These slides describe concept development and how to facilitate it.

PA Webinar: Slides 64-70
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These slides give an overview of concept development and provide links to additional resources.

Videos

Family Input: Shawn

This video from Washington Sensory Disabilities Services shows how preferences can be used to teach concepts (1:33). [Note: Click on the "Videos" tab—it's the first video on the page.]

Recorded Presentations

PA Webinar: Concept Development Section

This section covers the types of concepts that need to be taught and how they can be incorporated into routines (5:29).

Handouts

Developing Concepts with Children Who Are Deaf-Blind

An article from NCDB by Barbara Miles and Barbara McLetchie.

Early Literacy

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IN Training: Literacy
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These 21 slides cover early literacy development, accessible materials, and exposure to print and books.

Videos

Experience Books

These videos from Washington Sensory Disabilities Services discuss how to make experience books and show several examples. [Note: Click on the "Videos" tab.]

Responsive Environments

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IN Training (Part 2): Slide 60
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This slide summarizes the benefits of responsive environments.

Videos

First SAL Experience

This video from Washington Sensory Disabilities Services shows a child's positive response to being in a Space for Active Learning (2:26). [Note: Click on the "Videos" tab and scroll to the last video on the page.]

Resonance Board

These three videos from Washington Sensory Disabilities Services show how a resonance board can be used to develop a child's spatial and environmental awareness. [Note: Click on the "Videos" tab.]

Handouts

Resonance Boards

This article gives instructions on how to make a resonance board and use it with a child.

Resonance Board: More Info

Suggestions of items to use with a resonance board and how to place them in relation to the child.

Systematic Instruction (Fading, Pairing, Shaping, Task Analysis)

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IN Training (Part 2): Slides 61-66
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These slides give an overview of systematic instruction.