Selected resources for supporting early communication with infants who have severe and multiple disabilities
Bricker, D., Pretti-Frontzak, & McComas, N. (1998). An activity-based approach to early intervention (2nd ed.). Available from Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, MD, <www.brookespublishing.com>, (800) 638-3775. Provides a process and format for infusing early intervention objectives within an infant’s daily routine.
Casey-Harvey, D.G. (1995). Early communication games. Routine-based play for the first two years. Available from Communication/Therapy Skill Builders, San Antonio, TX, <www.hbtpc.com>, (800) 211-8378. Play activities which support early communication development of infants.
Chen, D. (Ed.) (in press). Essential elements in early intervention: Visual impairments and multiple disabilities. Available from AFB Press, New York, <http://www.afb.org/info/publications/afb-press/12>, (800) 232-3044. Chapters on a variety of topics including early intervention purposes and principles, meeting the intervention needs of infants with multiple disabilities, caregiver-infant interaction, early communication, functional vision assessment and interventions, understanding hearing loss and interventions, clinical vision assessments, audiological evaluations, creating meaningful interventions within daily routines, and adaptations for including preschoolers with multiple disabilities in typical settings.
Chen, D. (1997). What can baby hear? Auditory tests and interventions for infants with multiple disabilities [closed captioned video & booklet]. Available from Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, MD, <www.brookespublishing.com>, 9800) 638-3775. Video examples of audiological tests, functional hearing screenings, interviews with parents and early interventionists, and classroom activities with infants.
Chen, D. (1998). What can baby see? Vision tests and interventions for infants with multiple disabilities [closed captioned video & booklet]. Available from AFB Press, New York, <http://www.afb.org/info/publications/afb-press/12>, (800) 232-3044. Video examples of clinical vision tests, interviews with parents and an early interventionist, and related activities with infants.
Chen, D., Friedman, C.T., & Calvello, G. (1990). Parents and visually impaired infants. Available from American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, <http://www.aph.org/>, (800) 223-1839. Collection of protocols for gathering information and developing intervention activities for infants with visual impairments based on observations and caregiver interviews, for using videotaped data collection, tips for conducting home visits, and for developing home-based social routines.
Chen, D., Klein, D.M., & Haney, M. (in review). Project PLAI. Promoting learning through active interaction [closed captioned video]. For information contact email@example.com or call (818) 677-4604. Video examples of a five step process for developing communication with infants with multiple disabilities including visual impairment and hearing loss.
Chen, D, & Schachter, P.H. (1997). Making the most of early communication. Strategies for supporting communication with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers whose multiple disabilities include vision and hearing loss [closed captioned video & booklet]. Available from AFB Press, New York, <http://www.afb.org>, (800) 232-3044. Video examples of early caregiver-infant games, simulations of visual impairment and hearing loss, strategies to promote communication with infants and preschoolers, interviews with parents and teachers, and activities in an oral communication preschool class, and in total communication classrooms for toddlers and preschoolers.
Freeman, P. (1985). The deaf-blind baby: A programme of care. Available from William Heinemann Medical Books, 23 Bedford Square, London, WCIB 3NN, England. A comprehensive guide of strategies to support the early development of infants who are deaf-blind.
Gleason, D. (1997). Early interactions with children who are deaf-blind. Available from DB-LINK, The National Information Clearinghouse on Children who are Deaf- Blind, <http://nationaldb.org/NCDBProducts.php?prodID=34>, (800) 438-9376. Booklet on early communication strategies.
Harrell, L. (1984). Touch the baby. Blind and visually impaired children as patients - helping them respond to care. Available from AFB Press, New York, <http://www.afb.org/info/publications/afb-press/12>, (800) 232-3044. Booklet that discusses touch cues and signals to help prepare an infant for uncomfortable procedures in a doctor’s office or hospital.
Klein, M.D., Chen, D., & Haney, M. (in review). Project PLAI. Promoting learning through active interaction. A curriculum facilitating caregiver interactions with infants who have multiple disabilities. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (818) 677-4604. A curriculum composed of 5 modules for developing early communication with infants with multiple disabilities including visual impairment and hearing loss.
Lueck, A.H., Chen, D., & Kekelis, L. (1997). Developmental guidelines for infants with visual impairment. A manual for early intervention. Available from American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY, <http://www.aph.org>, (800) 223-1839. A review of related developmental research with implications for early intervention and suggestions for activities in the following areas of development: social-emotional, communication, cognitive, fine motor, gross motor, and functional vision.
Lynch, E.W., & Hanson, M.J. (1998). Developing cross-cultural competence (2nd ed.). Available from Paul H. Brookes Publishing, Baltimore, MD, <http://www.brookespublishing.com/>, (800) 638-3775. A comprehensive and invaluable source. Provides a review of the literature related to cultural diversity, child-rearing practices, cultural perspectives on disability, and healing practices. Identifies the process of developing cultural-competence with particular implications for early interventionists. Specific chapters discuss working with families of Anglo-European, Native-American, African-American, Latino, Asian, Pilipino, Native Hawaiian, and Middle Eastern backgrounds.
Morgan, E.C. (Ed.). (1994). Resources for family centered intervention for infants, toddlers and preschoolers who are visually impaired. VIISA Project (2nd.). Available from Hope, Inc. Logan, UT, <http://www.hopepubl.com/about.php>, (435) 752-9533. A comprehensive two volume guide for addressing the intervention needs of young children with visual impairments. Topics include: working with families, support services, early intervention programs, transition, preschool programs, and curriculum units (communication, language, social-emotional development, child-care and self-care, orientation and mobility, learning through the senses, and cognitive development).
Rowland, C. (1996). Communication matrix. A communication skill assessment for individuals at the earliest stages of communication development. Available from Oregon Health Sciences University, Center on Self- Determination, 3608 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202. An instrument which identifies the range of communication development from pre-intentional behavior and intentional behavior to the use of abstract symbols and language.
Watkins, S. (1989). A model of home intervention for infant, toddler, and preschool aged multihandicapped sensory impaired children. The INSITE model. Available from Hope, Inc. Logan, UT, <http://www.hopepubl.com/about.php>, (435) 752- 9533. A comprehensive two volume resource which provides practical information for the role of parent advisors (early interventionists) in working with families and strategies for enhancing early communication, hearing, vision, cognition, motor, and social-emotional development.
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