Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands

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Talking the Language of the Hands to the Hands. Encouraging Hand-use in Persons with Deafblindness. Introduction: Stories about blindness, touch, and perception. The old dress The doll in the car The new barrette The teachers feelings. Simulation and discussion:. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Talking the Language of the Hands to the HandsEncouraging Hand-use in Persons with Deafblindness

  • Introduction: Stories about blindness, touch, and perception

    The old dressThe doll in the carThe new barretteThe teachers feelings

  • Simulation and discussion:

    What was your experience?

    How did your experience help you to understand the possible experience of a person with deafblindness?

  • The importance of differentiating the functions of hands for a person with deafblindness

    Hands as tools -- acting on the worldHands as eyes -- getting information about the physical worldHands as ears -- getting information about soundHands as voice -- expressing feelings and thoughtsHands as vehicles for self-regulation -- keeping the nervous system stable

  • Skillful ways of interacting with the hands of a person with deafblindness

    Practice noticing what function his or her hands are serving at any given moment -- doing this will help you touch and interact appropriately

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Always leave his or her hands free -- the person with deafblindness needs to know that his or her hands are indeed their own

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Make your hands available -- be sure they are receptive, pliable, ready to listen

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Spend as much time as you need to in order to develop trust between your hands and the hands of the person with deafblindness, so that he or she is comfortable resting his or her hands on yours and following you as you move, sign, touch things, act in the world

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Think hands as initiators of topics in conversational interactions

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Use hand-under-hand touch to invite access to tactile experiences

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Establish joint attention by touching along with the person who is deafblind, being careful not to interrupt their experience. Use language that describes your joint attention.

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Make language accessible to the hands of the person with deafblindness in whatever ways are appropriate

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Imitate hand actions in a way that is accessible to the person

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Play hand games to encourage expressiveness

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Use touch to support developing vision

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Make environmental provisions to encourage exploration and use of hands in a variety of ways

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Encourage active throwing at appropriate developmental stages, and in safe circumstances

  • Skillful ways of interacting, contd

    Continue to learn from the hands of persons with deafblindness, and continue to develop your own hand skills so that you are a good partner

  • As a child I spent hours leaning against objects and letting them lean against me. Any blind person can tell you that this gesture, this exchange, gives him a satisfaction too deep for words.

    Touching the tomatoes in the garden, and really touching them, touching the walls of the house, the materials of the curtains, or a clod of earth is surely seeing them as fully as eyes can see. But is more than seeing them, it is tuning in on them and allowing the current they hold to connect with ones own, like electricity.

  • To put it differently, this means an end to living in front of things and a beginning of living with them. Never mind if the word sounds shocking, for this is love.

    You cannot keep your hands from loving what they have truly felt.

    -- Jacques LusseyranAnd There Was Light