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Activity A: Video Observation of Communicative Behaviors                         

Participant Guidelines

The purpose of this activity is to identify communicative behaviors of an infant with a visual impairment and his mother.

Materials.  Video clip CL 2-03, “Mother-Infant Communication”; “Communication Chart”


  1. Watch video clip CL 2-03. As you watch the clip, identify communicative exchanges between the child and the parents or teacher of children with visual impairments.
  2. Complete the “Communication Chart,” identifying the exchanges observed.
  3. After you watch the video clip and complete the chart, answer the questions listed below in writing.
      1. What was the primary means of communication used by the parent or TVI?
      2. What was the primary means of communication used by the child?
      3. How did the parents and/or TVI encourage the child to communicate?
      4. What impact did the child’s visual impairment have on communication?
      5. What adaptations in communication were observed to encourage communication between the child and parents or TVI?
  4. Submit the written assignment to you instructor and be prepared to share and discuss your observations with other participants in class or via an online discussion.

Communication Chart

Name_________________________________ Date________________________


Who communicated?

How did he/she communicate?

Who responded?

How did he/she respond?