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A Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists

by Maria L. Muñoz, M.A., CCC-SLP
© TSBVI 1998 - 42 pages Order # 59420LAI (4 oz.)

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This booklet hopes to give Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) some guidelines for providing appropriate assessment and intervention services to children with visual impairments by addressing issues such as:

  • Understanding visual impairment
  • Developmental differences between children with vision and those who are visually impaired
  • Assessment and intervention strategies and adaptations
  • Considerations for infants and culturally and linguistically diverse students

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Visual Impairments - What SLPs should know
  • Language Development
    • The Importance of Experience
    • Developmental Differences
    • First Words
    • Pre-Linguistic Communication
    • Expressive and Receptive Language
    • Developmental Red Flags
  • Assessment
    • The Importance of Teamwork
    • Standardized Tests
    • Informal Assessment Procedures
    • Assessment Administration Considerations
  • Intervention
    • The Importance of Team Work
    • Effective Intervention Strategies
    • Calendar Systems
    • Tactual Symbols
    • Experience Stories
    • Video-, Story-, and Song-Based Activities
    • Classroom-Based Intervention
    • Conversation Groups
  • Special Considerations for Children Birth to Three
  • Multicultural Issues
    • Limited English Proficient Children
    • Attitudes and Expectations
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography