Availability for Learning
Availability to learn means being emotionally and physically ready to engage with people, absorb information, and pay attention to what is occurring around you. Children and youth who are available to learn are:
- Not over-stimulated
Availability to learn may be positively or negatively influenced by both internal factors (physical and emotional feelings) and external factors (things happening outside of the body). The task of educators and family members is to figure out how to change or modify these factors to help a child become available to learn.
Russell, C. (2020). Supporting Availability for Learning: Student-Centered Biobehavioral Assessment and Intervention for Children and Youth with Deafblindness/Multiple Disabilities. Visual Impairment and Deafblind Education Quarterly, 65(2), 56-72.
Supporting Availability for Learning: Student-Centered Assessment and Intervention (Perkins Webinar)
Is your child or student available to learn? (Perkins Podcast with Chris Russell)
Assessment of Biobehavioral States: Supporting Availability for Learning for Students with Multiple Disabilities including Deaf-Blindness & Profound Intellectual & Multiple Disabilities (Assessment Tool)
Scoggin, K., Christianson, K., Cooper, H., Lauger, K., Knapp, M., Peterson, D., Mogan, M. (2014, September, rev.). Availability for learning. In National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules. National Center on Deaf-Blindness.