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

Volume

7

Issue/Number

3

First Page

303

ISSN

0272-7358

Last Page

328

Abstract/Excerpt

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.

DOI

10.1016/0272-7358(87)90038-9

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