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Hand-Under-Hand Interactions

The hands of a child who is deaf-blind are precious. Like the eyes and ears of a hearing-sighted child, the hands allow a child who is deaf-blind to explore, communicate, and make sense of the world around them.

Adult hands on teddy bear. Child's hands lightly on top of adults hands, touching both the adults fingers and the teddy bear.

Using hand-under-hand interactions appropriately, teachers and related service providers can gently encourage a child’s learning by placing their hands under the child’s to help guide the child’s tactile exploration. In this manner, practitioners can introduce, demonstrate, and explore objects and surroundings as well as follow along where the child shows interest and curiosity.

Understanding tactile learning strategies and the importance of the hands and touch will help practitioners more effectively support the learning and development of a child who is deaf-blind. 

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Adult hands on teddy bear. Child's hands lightly on top of adults hands, touching both the adults fingers and the teddy bear.

Learn More

Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands
DB-LINK Factsheet

Developing Hand Skills
Fact sheet from Colorado Services to Children with Deafblindness