University of Edinburgh

Establishing and Developing Communication with young people who are multiply disabled and VI or who are multisensory impaired

Thursday 25 May 2006

Exposure to language

The signs must be matched to the attention of the child - his/her mental image - in shared experiences.

Many experiences of the same category will create a more and more solid meaning of the sign (a concept).

At the start, signs should be interpreted in a very broad way - 'like this'.

Gestures should always be an important part of the communication between deafblind people and their partners.