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Activity C: Parent and Child Communication - Instructor Guidelines

The purpose of this activity is for participants to identify examples of child and parent communication and to identify factors that may influence communication development.

Time needed. 30 minutes

Materials. Video clips CL 2-09, “Takoda: Early Communication of a Child With Multiple Impairments,” and CL 2-10, “Sierra: Early Life Experiences Develop Concepts”; Handout G, Examples of Adaptive and Nonadaptive Transactional Interactions That Impact Communication Development; and “Communication Chart” worksheet


  1. Have participants review Handout G, which illustrates the transactional nature of language acquisition in children with visual impairments.
  2. Divide participants into groups or have participants complete the assignment individually. Have groups or individuals watch video clips CL 2-09 and CL 2-10.
  3. For each video clip, have participants write a description of the child’s initial communication in the first box labeled Child on the “Communication Chart” worksheet.
  4. In the first box labeled Parent, participants should describe how the parent responds to the child’s communication.
  5. In the second Child box, they should describe the child’s reaction to the parent’s communication.
  6. Have participants continue completing the boxes to show how the parent and the child influence each other’s communication and how the parent’s communication can positively influence the child’s communication development.
  7. If participants access this worksheet through a screen reader or electronic braille device, they will use the “Communication Chart—Alternative Version” worksheet.
  8. After participants complete the “Communication Chart” worksheets, have them view each video clip again.
  9. Before participants turn in their worksheets, have them share and discuss their completed charts in class or via an online discussion.

Communication Chart

Child                                                                                Parent



Communication Chart—Alternative Version

Step 1 Child



Step 2 Parent



Step 3 Child



Step 4 Parent



Step 5 Child



Step 6 Parent