Adaptations for a child who has a combined vision and hearing loss will depend on many factors, such as the amount of vision and hearing the child has, age, cognitive abilities, motor skills, and personal interests. This post is the first of four parts presenting different aspects of literacy for students who are deafblind. Many of these techniques or strategies can be used with children with multiple disabilities or visual impairment as well. This particular blog focuses on Storyboxes.
A group of teachers in the Deafblind Program at Perkins School for the Blind presented an hour-long webinar on various aspects of literacy for children with deafblindness: Literacy Adaptations for Students Who Are Deafblind with Christa Hulburt, Ira Padhye, Megan Connaughton, and Marguerite Bilms.
Stay Tuned for more parts of Literacy Adaptations for Students Who Are Deafblind featuring:
- CVI and Adaptations for Literacy
- Adaptations for Total Deafblindness
- Teaching Strategies for moving towards a more traditional approach to literacy
Where to Start?
Hierarchy of Communication
Story Box Overview
- Concrete -> abstract concepts
- Appropriate for students at different cognitive levels
- How to create access for different learners
Why Use Story Boxes?
- Concrete examples
- Develop various concepts
- Fun and engaging!
- Story boxes should be unique to the student
- Age appropriate
- Reflect the student’s interests
Concrete -> Abstract
- Unique to student’s level of communication
- Concrete: Real objects that are meaningful to the student
- Abstract - Represents another meaning
Concept vs. Abstract
- A student who is not yet an abstract thinker can still use abstract objects in a story box
- Use to focus on concepts
For All Story Boxes
- Consistency of words and labels
- Repeat Exposure
- Unique & engaging
How to Create a Story Box
Remember ... Have Fun!