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Development of communication in deafblind children.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2005 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, Vol. 7, no 1, 41-62 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to describe the development of communication between deafblind children and their parents in real life settings using video registrations. Longitudinal case studies of six children suffering from severe visual impairment in combination with profound hearing impairment are presented. Four of the six children also have additional functional disabilities affecting their motor and cognitive development. At the time of the first video recording the children were between 6 months and 3:9 years old. They were observed for a period of two years. Detailed analyses of the video recordings showed that all of the children in the study could communicate with their parents and the parents with their child. Even if the expressions varied and sometimes were difficult to interpret, the early development of communication followed the same patterns as that for “normal” children, from interest in social games with the caregiver to interest in the physical environment and thereafter an intent to share their experiences with another person.

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2005. Vol. 7, no 1, 41-62 p.
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communication, deafblind, children
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13530OAI: diva2:180050
Available from: 2008-04-10 Created: 2008-04-10 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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