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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.)

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