Title

PARTNERS IN LANGUAGE

Document Type

Video

Publication Date

1000

Abstract

This 28-minute videotape demonstrates the teaching methods and strategies employed at the Helen Keller National Center to increase communication skills among adults with deaf-blindness and limited language skills. Using a case study approach, communication training is seen as it is provided during functional adult activities (i.e., work, meal preparation, leisure time). Interaction between staff and students are presented. Techniques to encourage non-symbolic and symbolic communications are demonstrated. Specific communication methods such as the use of tangible or object symbols are explained. Interactions between staff and students demonstrate the techniques used to introduce tactual sign language vocabulary. Emphasis is placed on the importance of the environment, turn-taking strategies and role models for language acquisition. A review of all methods and strategies demonstrated at the end of the tape. Available from HKNC, 111 Middleneck Road, Sands Point, NY, 11050, (516) 944-8900.

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