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Expectations for achievement may not be appropriate

Cultural attitudes, lack of exposure to deafblind adults, limited information about causes of deafblindness - and many more beliefs and attitudes - affect the educational expectations for DB children. It is not uncommon for educators and paraprofessionals to underestimate the learning potentials of DB students. Make sure that you formulate your own perceptions about the student you work with, based on what you know about alternative intelligences. Thinking outside the box is crucial!

Isolation from peers in the classroom and in the larger school environment

Notice whether or not the DB student you work with is included in P.E., or eats lunch with peers, or has opportunities to participate actively with others. There are lots of ways that PT and OT can reduce the isolation of the DB student. Does your student have motor difficulties? Design activities for all of her classmates, and help the paraprofessionals do that motor group daily. Or, plan your PT session right before the student's lunch, then set up and facilitate a peer interaction at lunch.

Many service providers are involved

Check out Who's Who on the DB Team