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You Make the Difference: An Educator-Oriented Process for Supporting High Quality Interactions with Students Who are Deafblind

by Craig Axelrod, Kim Conlin, Tish Smith
© TSBVI 2008 - Order # 59447 YMD

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"Effective interaction helps dissolve the barriers between us. Through a mutual exchange of the deepest human feelings of togetherness, we share a world of understanding and hope." -- Dr. Jan van Dijk, 2007

As research continues to validate the role of interaction in attachment, security, relationships, learning and communication, the need for educators of students with deafblindness to develop their interaction skills becomes more apparent.  The interaction training process presented in this DVD will help educators learn how to improve the quality of their interactions with students who are deafblind, by changing their own interactive behaviors and by adapting the interactive context.  You Make the Difference emphasizes and addresses the following educator-oriented learning goals:

  • Understand the role of high quality interactions in early development.
  • Understand the challenges to high quality interactions with children who are deafblind.
  • Identify student-specific factors that impact interactions.
  • Recognize the components of interaction.
  • Analyze the interactions between adults and students who are deafblind.
  • Identify and implement intervention strategies that improve the quality of those interactions.

A Team Approach

Interaction training is most productive when the core members of a students team participate in this process together.  Multiple perspectives can help a team clarify adult/student interactive strengths and challenges, and enhance its ability to develop, implement, modify and generalize intervention strategies.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills

A variety of instructional strategies are discussed and demonstrated in this DVD that reflect best practices for students with deafblindness.  It is recommended that viewers and, particularly, interaction training participants have a basic understanding of these approaches.  *** 

Accessibility Features

You Make the Difference provides optional audio description and closed captioning tracks.

Interaction Documents in PDF, Text and Braille formats are included with the DVD.

Minimum System Requirements

PC

  • A 400 MHz or faster Intel-compatible CPU
  • A video card with AGP architecture and at least 4 MB of onboard RAM
  • At least 128 MB of system RAM (Windows 2000, XP, Vista users - 256 MB or more is recommended)
  • Windows 98 SE, Windows 2000, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows XP, or Windows Vista
  • The latest version of Microsoft DirectX
  • A DVD-ROM drive (DVD discs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment)

Mac

  • Mac OS 9 and above (OS X or higher recommended)
  • A Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G3, G4 or G5 processor (G5 required for HD playback)
  • The latest version of DVD Player
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • A DVD-ROM drive (DVD discs cannot be read by CD-ROM equipment)

***  These TSBVI Publications provide information about teaching students with deafblindness: