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NJ Center on DeafBlindness Webinar: The Forgotten Senses

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September 24, 2020
1:00 PM ET - 3:00 PM ET
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David Brown
Two Buildings Organization Agency
New Jersey Center on DeafBlindness

"The Forgotten Senses" with David Brown

The majority of children with deafblindness today have significant medical issues and, as well as difficulties with vision and hearing, they also have problems with other sensory systems, including the perception of pain, smell, taste, touch, and balance. Because every one of our senses is designed to develop and work simultaneously with all the others, a problem with one sense may result in problems with the functioning of other, apparently unrelated, senses. Two of these ‘other’ senses, the proprioceptive sense and the vestibular sense, are particularly important but often ignored.

Knowing about these senses, how they work, what might happen if they are not working properly, and what to do about it, can make a surprising difference to the development of functional vision and hearing. As a result of this genuinely MSI perspective many behaviors that are generally thought of as ‘bad’ begin to be seen as actually quite smart adaptive responses. Sometimes accepting, re-directing, or even encouraging these behaviors can be much more helpful than merely trying to stop them. 

David Brown has been teaching for 47 years, and as a deafblind educational specialist he has been working with children with multi sensory impairments since 1983.

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