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OHOA Module: Touch for Connection and Communication

OHOA Module: Touch for Connection and Communication

A young boy is sitting on top of. a horse while being supported by others.

Learning Outcomes

  • Observe how a student who is deaf-blind can use touch to gain access to the world in a way that will lead to communication and learning.
  • Understand how mutual tactile attention, tactile modeling, and joint tactile attention lead to communication and language development.
  • Evaluate the variety of ways touch can be used for communicating and learning.
  • Learn about techniques for supporting language, communication, and mutual attention to reduce isolation and promote access to environmental information.
  • Understand why, when, and how to use tactile symbols with students who are deaf-blind.

Development Team

  • Kathee Scoggin (Lead)
  • Gloria Authenment
  • Myrna Medina
  • Megan Mogan
  • Chris Russell
  • Jelica Nuccio
  • Hayley Broadway

Suggested Citation

Scoggin, K., Authenmen, G., Medina, M., Mogan, M., Russell, C., Nuccio, J., Broadway, H. (2016, September). Touch for Connection and Communication. 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.