College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

Psychological Approaches with deaf-blind Persons: Strategies and Issues in Research and Treatment

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Publication Title

Clinical Psychology Review

ISSN

0272-7358

Volume

7

Issue/No.

3

Abstract

The assessment and treatment of deaf-blind persons has received increased attention in the past 2 decades. The purpose of this paper is to provide a comprehensive overview of work done in this area, thus creating an impetus to further consideration of the unique and multifaceted problems presented by this population. Characteristics of the deaf-blind are presented first and then procedures for assessment of basic skill levels are described. Finally, interventions for management of inappropriate behavior, self-help and social skill acquisition, and adaptation to vocational situations are reviewed. Issues related to research with deaf-blind individuals are also discussed. Although limited, early research provides groundwork for future efforts necessary to encourage independence and productivity in deaf-blind persons.

Additional Comments

Preparation of this paper was facilitated by grant no. G008530258 from Special Education Programs of the U.S. Department of Education. The contents of this article do not necessarily reflect views or policies of the Department of Education.

DOI

10.1016/0272-7358(87)90038-9

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