Paths to Literacy

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The Role of the Intervener for Children Who Are Deafblind

Hand under hand

This article examines the role of the intervener for children who have a combined vision and hearing loss.  It focuses on the five interveners who work with children at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, VA.  The article identifies the three principle roles of the intervener:

  1. Provide access to the world by conveying the incidental things going on around the child who is deafblind.
  2. Language development
  3. Social and emotional support