Considering the Positive Aspects of Children´s Adaptive Behaviors

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The majority of children with deaf-blindness have significant medical issues which result in other sensory systems also not working properly, including 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 functional hearing. A consideration of the functions of ALL our senses can help us to understand why we self-stimulate, and also understand what any child’s self-stimulation behaviors tell about their difficulties and needs. As a result of this perspective many behaviors that are generally thought of as ‘bad’ begin to be seen as actually quite smart adaptive responses. Sometimes accepting, or re-channeling, or even encouraging these behaviors can be much more helpful than merely trying to stop them. Close analysis of a child’s self-stimulation behaviors can provide at least half of the information needed for assessment.

Title of Training: Considering the Positive Aspects of Children´s Adaptive Behaviors
Presenter: David Brown
Training Date: 03/18/2015

Topic: Deaf-Blind

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