How We All Learn…
The Brain, The Body, and Communication
Paula Hamilton &
Maryland School for the Blind
This workshop looked at the psychology of learning and how it applies to learning for individuals with moderate/significant cognitive impairments and dual sensory impairments (vision and hearing).
Communication is the basis of all interactions, especially those focusing on learning.
Who & Where:
- Families and providers working with children with dual sensory impairment or CVI in or near Maryland and DC.
- The University of Maryland, College Park Campus.
- The first day of the presentation looked at the reality of how we all learn and the importance of understanding this process in order to appropriately use “best practices.” Basically, there are some very common needs found in the field (schools, homes, therapy centers) regarding where to begin in the development of communication and how “best practices” (evidence based research) can be applied for families and professionals without access to resources, materials, or training. This presentation joined the “must do’s” from communication techniques labeled as “best practice” with strategies created from the reality of limited time, resources, and overwhelming amounts of information to decipher.
- The second day of the presentation involved utilizing the tools already discussed to create a starting point for communication for a student with multiple disabilities (i.e. deaf-blind). How do we use this information to bridge successfully to an emergent literacy foundation for each complex learner?