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OHOA Module: Progressing from Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language

OHOA Module: Progressing from Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the value of observation in determining where a person who is deaf-blind is on the communication continuum.
  • Describe communication modes used by students who are deaf-blind.
  • Describe strategies to support a student to become a more proficient communicator.
  • Describe strategies to support a student to develop complex language skills.
  • Understand the role of the intervener and other team members in communication development, instruction, and assessment.

Development Team

  • Beth M.S. Kennedy (Lead)
  • Luis Miranda
  • Jennifer Lester
  • Diane Foster
  • Patti McGowan
  • Megan Cote
  • Debbie Sanders

Suggested Citation

Kennedy, B., Miranda, L., Lester, J., Foster, D., McGowan, P., Cote, M., Sanders, D. (2014, September, rev.). Progressing from non-symbolic to symbolic communication and complex language. In National Center on Deaf-Blindness, Open Hands, Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules. Monmouth, OR: National Center on Deaf-Blindness, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University.