When we hear of DeafBlind we usually think of Helen Keller. To be DeafBlind a person has a combination of vision and hearing loss. Functional level may vary from mild to severe. This combination creates such severe communication and other developmental and educational needs that they cannot be accommodated in a special needs programs solely for children with deafness or with blindness.
Does my child qualify? Some questions to ask:
- Does my child respond to environmental sounds but not to speech?
- Does my child bump into or trip over objects?
- Does my child need time to adjust when going from bright light to dim areas?
- Does my child have difficulty seeing objects unless they have high color contrast?
- Does my child consistently respond to sounds or visual objects?
- Does my child have difficulty knowing where sounds are coming from?
- Does my child have chronic ear or upper respiratory infections?
- Does my child move it’s head or eyes in unusual positions instead of looking directly at objects?
- Does my child fail to imitate sounds?
- Does my child communicate by biting, hitting self or others, screaming or throwing objects?
These are among a few things to watch for if you have concerns please contact your local DeafBlind project. Or to learn more about DeafBlindness visit these sites
Free online school for family and the blind:
Also visit this link:
Dr. van Dijk He held Kodi and sang to him and rocked him. Kodi liked him and warmed up to him. He had wonderful incite for my little man… He’s an expert on DeafBlindness and also CHARGE Syndrome
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