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Many great videos have been developed to share information that is helpful in learning specialized strategies effective with individuals who are deaf-blind. Please contact us at the Montanan Deaf-Blind Project if you are interested in viewing any of these videos.

Videos are organized by category for easy browsing. The categories are:

Adaptations/ Accommodations

CAN DO! Video Series Video Nine: Adapting Preschool Environment -- Adaptations to easily and effectively accommodate the special needs of students who are visually impaired.
Every Move Counts -- A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology

Communication (Strategies)

SKI-HI Coactive Sign Series System for Deafblind Children -- Nine tapes with 32 signing lessons, with extensive vocabulary. Teaches coactive (hand-on-hand) signing and provides suggestions for using coactive signs meaningfully with the child.
Tape 1, Lesson 1—Family Members and Interacting with Family AND Tape 1, Lesson 2—Foods
Tape 2, Lesson 3—Daily Routines-Eating AND Tape 2, Lesson 4—Daily Routines-dressing, undressing, toileting, and diapering
Tape 3, Lesson 5—Daily Routines-Washing and Bathing AND Tape 3, Lesson 6—Daily Routines-Teeth and Hair, Getting Up and Going to Bed
Tape 4, Lesson 7—Daily Routines-Play and Sensory Stimulation AND Tape 4, Lesson 8—Feelings-Being Sick
Tape 5, Lesson 9—Action Words in Daily Routines AND Tape 5, Lesson 10—More Action Words and Prepositions in Daily Routines
Tape 6, Lesson 11—Going Places and Visiting People AND Tape 6, Lesson 12—Special Words and Sensory Impaired Children
Tape 7—Back-Up Units 1-8
Tape 8—Back-Up Units 9-16
Tape 9—Back-Up Units 17-20
Early Communication Process Using Microswitch Technology -- Using microswitches and structured intervention hierarchy, to teach children communication skills who have no intentional communication.
Every Move Counts -- A sensory based approach to communication and assistive technology
Making the Most of Early Communication: Strategies for Supporting Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Vision and Hearing Loss -- Demonstration of effective strategies for developing communication, cognitive and functional abilities using child's available senses, systematic/direct instruction, games, repetition, and routines.
Promoting Learning through Active Interaction/PLAI: A Guide to Early Communication With Young Children Who have Multiple Disabilities -- Demonstrates key strategies and depicts interactions between children with different disabilities and their families in natural settings. A manual is also available.
Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities -- Illustrates effective interactions with children and techniques to teach communication skills. AVAILABLE TO BORROW
Tangible Symbol Systems: Making the Right to Communicate a Reality for Individuals with Severe Disabilities -- Illustrates alternative options and instructional strategies for learners unable to communicate using speech, manual sign language, or other systems involving abstract symbols. A manual is also available.
Textured Communication Symbols: Talking Through Touch -- Strategies to acquire communicative behavior through touch. Create associations between symbols and objects or activities. Discusses materials, instructional phases and environment.
Using Tactile Interactive Conversational Signing -- Five videotapes/Ten topics: Explores use of interactive signing (feeling another person's signs) including progressing from coactive to interactive signing, selecting activities for interaction, encouraging peer interaction, and interpreting.
TAPE 1 -- NOT AVAILABLE
TAPE 2
TAPE 3
TAPE 4
TAPE 5 -- NOT AVAILABLE
Using Tactile Signals and Cues -- Examples of how to use tactile signals and cues effectively in natural home situations
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DISK 2
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What Do I Do Now? Communication Skills and Strategies for Individuals Working with Children Who Have Sensory Impairment -- Twenty-four videotapes: Communicating effectively with young children who have special needs with a focus on children who are sensory impaired. Each topic has a laminated card with lesson tips.
Unit 1: What Do I Do Now? The Importance of Early Communication
Unit 2: What Do I Do Now? The Unfolding of Communication
Unit 3: What Do I Do Now? Recognizing Communication Signals
Unit 4: What Do I Do Now? Responding to Communication Signals
Unit 5: What Do I Do Now? Letting the Child Know Who You Are and What You Will Do
Unit 6: What Do I Do Now? Building Communication into Daily Routines
Unit 7: What Do I Do Now? Interactive Turn-Taking
Unit 8: What Do I Do Now? Active vs. Passive Communication
Unit 9: What Do I Do Now? Choice-Making as a Communication Motivator
Unit 10: What Do I Do Now? Avoiding Communication Stress
Unit 11: Understanding Self-Stimulatory Behaviors
Unit 12: Calendar Systems
Unit 13: Using Reinforcement Appropriately
Unit 14: Using Experience Books to Encourage Communication
Unit 15: Increasing a Child’s Motivation to Communicate
Unit 16: Creating an Environment Conducive to Communication
Unit 17: Engaging and Disengaging in Communication
Unit 18: Encouraging Peer Interaction
Unit 19:Using Expansion Techniques to Enhance Language
Unit 20: Using Comments Appropriately
Unit 21: Using Directions Appropriately
Unit 22: Using Questions Appropriately
Unit 23: Suggestions for Activities to Increase Communication
Unit 24: Creating Play Items to Enhance Communication

Early Intervention

CAN DO! Video Series: Video One - Seeing Things in a New Way: What Happens When You Have a Blind Baby -- Designed to help parents with their sense of loss and develop a positive outlook for their child's capabilities and potentials.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Two - Learning About the World: Concept Development -- Importance of early concept development and strategies.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Five - Going Places: Orientation and Mobility -- Teaching independent and safe movement using a progression of skills from infancy through preschool.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Eight - Hands-On Experience: Tactual Learning and Skills -- Importance of tactual learning and progression of tactual skills from infancy through preschool needed for preparing for Braille reading.
Full of Hope -- For families of newly diagnosed infants and preschoolers with visual and multiple impairments.
Making the Most of Early Communication: Strategies for Supporting Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Vision and Hearing Loss -- Demonstration of effective strategies for developing communication, cognitive and functional abilities using child's available senses, systematic/direct instruction, games, repetition, and routines.
Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities --Illustrates effective interactions with children and techniques to teach communication skills. AVAILABLE TO BORROW
Vision Tests for Infants -- Demonstrates the full range of vision tests used by pediatric optometrists and ophthalmologists in evaluating visual impairment in infants and very young children.
What Can Baby See?: Vision Tests and Intervention Strategies for Infants with Multiple Disabilities -- Tests and methods of gathering information to identify visual impairments requiring early intervention services. Strategies for encouraging infants to use their vision in functional ways.
What Can Baby Hear? Auditory Tests and Intervention Strategies for Infants with Multiple Disabilities -- Tests and methods of gathering information to identify hearing impairments requiring early intervention services. Strategies for encouraging infants to use their hearing in functional ways.

Education Strategies for School and/or Home

CAN DO! Video Series: Look How Far We’ve Come -- Update on kids and teachers in the CAN DO! Series
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Two - Learning About the World: Concept Development -- Importance of early concept development and strategies.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Three - Becoming a "Can Do" Kid: Self-Help -- Strategies for building independence. Teaching feeding, dressing and personal care.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Four - Making Friends: Social Skills and Play -- Areas of potential social difficulty and how to build skills that are keys to successful living in a sighted world.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Five - Going Places: Orientation and Mobility -- Teaching independent and safe movement using a progression of skills from infancy through preschool.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Seven - Moving Through the World: Gross Motor Skills and Play -- Key gross motor skills and simple, fun play activities.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Eight - Hands-On Experience: Tactual Learning and Skills -- Importance of tactual learning and progression of tactual skills from infancy through preschool needed for preparing for Braille reading.
Design to Learn: An Environmental Inventory to Help Teachers Design Learning Opportunities for Children with Disabilities -- Used to identify and create opportunities for active participation and steady learning in everyday classroom activities. Over 180 real life examples of learning opportunities in classroom settings. A manual is also available.
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Hand in Hand: It Can Be Done! -- Introduction to working effectively with students who are deaf-blind. Manuals also available
Making the Most of Early Communication: Strategies for Supporting Communication with Infants, Toddlers, and Preschoolers Whose Multiple Disabilities Include Vision and Hearing Loss -- Demonstration of effective strategies for developing communication, cognitive and functional abilities using child's available senses, systematic/direct instruction, games, repetition, and routines.
Mini Module Series on Deaf-Blindness -- Four mini modules: Actions Speak Louder Than Words Little Room Adaptations Materials for Active Learning Literacy and Deaf-Blindness. ONLINE VIDEO
Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities -- Illustrates effective interactions with children and techniques to teach communication skills. AVAILABLE TO BORROW
Tangible Symbol Systems: Making the Right to Communicate a Reality for Individuals with Severe Disabilities -- Illustrates alternative options and instructional strategies for learners unable to communicate using speech, manual sign language, or other systems involving abstract symbols. A manual is also available.
Textured Communication Symbols: Talking Through Touch -- Strategies to acquire communicative behavior through touch. Create associations between symbols and objects or activities. Discusses materials, instructional phases and environment.
Using Tactile Interactive Conversational Signing -- Five videotapes/Ten topics: Explores use of interactive signing (feeling another person's signs) including progressing from coactive to interactive signing, selecting activities for interaction, encouraging peer interaction, and interpreting.
TAPE 1 -- NOT AVAILABLE
TAPE 2
TAPE 3
TAPE 4
TAPE 5 -- NOT AVAILABLE
Using Tactile Signals and Cues -- Examples of how to use tactile signals and cues effectively in natural home situations
DISK 1
DISK 2
DISK 3
DISK 4
DISK 5
What Do I Do Now? Communication Skills and Strategies for Individuals Working with Children Who Have Sensory Impairment -- Twenty-four videotapes: Communicating effectively with young children who have special needs with a focus on children who are sensory impaired. Each topic has a laminated card with lesson tips.
Unit 1: What Do I Do Now? The Importance of Early Communication
Unit 2: What Do I Do Now? The Unfolding of Communication
Unit 3: What Do I Do Now? Recognizing Communication Signals
Unit 4: What Do I Do Now? Responding to Communication Signals
Unit 5: What Do I Do Now? Letting the Child Know Who You Are and What You Will Do
Unit 6: What Do I Do Now? Building Communication into Daily Routines
Unit 7: What Do I Do Now? Interactive Turn-Taking
Unit 8: What Do I Do Now? Active vs. Passive Communication
Unit 9: What Do I Do Now? Choice-Making as a Communication Motivator
Unit 10: What Do I Do Now? Avoiding Communication Stress
Unit 11: Understanding Self-Stimulatory Behaviors
Unit 12: Calendar Systems
Unit 13: Using Reinforcement Appropriately
Unit 14: Using Experience Books to Encourage Communication
Unit 15: Increasing a Child’s Motivation to Communicate
Unit 16: Creating an Environment Conducive to Communication
Unit 17: Engaging and Disengaging in Communication
Unit 18: Encouraging Peer Interaction
Unit 19:Using Expansion Techniques to Enhance Language
Unit 20: Using Comments Appropriately
Unit 21: Using Directions Appropriately
Unit 22: Using Questions Appropriately
Unit 23: Suggestions for Activities to Increase Communication
Unit 24: Creating Play Items to Enhance Communication
You Make the Difference: An Educator-Oriented Process for Supporting High Quality Interactions with Students Who are Deafblind -- Helps educators improve the quality of their interactions with students who are deafblind, by changing their own interactive behaviors and by adapting the interactive context.

Hearing

Application of Assistive Technology to Deaf-Blind Day 3: FM Systems Personal and Sound Field -- Discussion of the rationale of FM, body worn systems, FM at the ear, application of sound field technology in schools, FM systems with cochlear implants, and FM usage beyond the school environment.
What Can Baby Hear? Auditory Tests and Intervention Strategies for Infants with Multiple Disabilities -- Tests and methods of gathering information to identify hearing impairments requiring early intervention services. Strategies for encouraging infants to use their hearing in functional ways.

Intervener

Deafblindness and the Intervener -- Effective use of interveners. Reviews impact of combined vision and hearing loss. Shows interveners working with children.
Through Your Eyes -- A documentary produced by Hands Free Entertainment chronicling the Dunn children (triplets who are deaf-blind) and other deafblind people living in the United States. The challenges they face are immense. How they cope can be seen "Through Your Eyes".

Play

CAN DO! Video Series: Video Four - Making Friends: Social Skills and Play -- Areas of potential social difficulty and how to build skills that are keys to successful living in a sighted world.
CAN DO! Video Series: Video Seven - Moving Through the World: Gross Motor Skills and Play -- Key gross motor skills and simple, fun play activities.

Self-Help Skills

CAN DO! Video Series: Video Three - Becoming a "Can Do" Kid: Self-Help -- Strategies for building independence. Teaching feeding, dressing and personal care.

Signing

SKI-HI Coactive Sign Series System for Deafblind Children -- Nine tapes with 32 signing lessons, with extensive vocabulary. Teaches coactive (hand-on-hand) signing and provides suggestions for using coactive signs meaningfully with the child.
Tape 1, Lesson 1—Family Members and Interacting with Family AND Tape 1, Lesson 2—Foods
Tape 2, Lesson 3—Daily Routines-Eating AND Tape 2, Lesson 4—Daily Routines-dressing, undressing, toileting, and diapering
Tape 3, Lesson 5—Daily Routines-Washing and Bathing AND Tape 3, Lesson 6—Daily Routines-Teeth and Hair, Getting Up and Going to Bed
Tape 4, Lesson 7—Daily Routines-Play and Sensory Stimulation AND Tape 4, Lesson 8—Feelings-Being Sick
Tape 5, Lesson 9—Action Words in Daily Routines AND Tape 5, Lesson 10—More Action Words and Prepositions in Daily Routines
Tape 6, Lesson 11—Going Places and Visiting People AND Tape 6, Lesson 12—Special Words and Sensory Impaired Children
Tape 7—Back-Up Units 1-8
Tape 8—Back-Up Units 9-16
Tape 9—Back-Up Units 17-20
Using Tactile Interactive Conversational Signing -- Five videotapes/Ten topics: Explores use of interactive signing (feeling another person's signs) including progressing from coactive to interactive signing, selecting activities for interaction, encouraging peer interaction, and interpreting.
TAPE 1 -- NOT AVAILABLE
TAPE 2
TAPE 3
TAPE 4
TAPE 5 -- NOT AVAILABLE
Using Tactile Signals and Cues -- Examples of how to use tactile signals and cues effectively in natural home situations
DISK 1
DISK 2
DISK 3
DISK 4
DISK 5

Social Skills

CAN DO! Video Series: Video Four - Making Friends: Social Skills and Play -- Areas of potential social difficulty and how to build skills that are keys to successful living in a sighted world.

Tactile

CAN DO! Video Series: Video Eight - Hands-On Experience: Tactual Learning and Skills -- Importance of tactual learning and progression of tactual skills from infancy through preschool needed for preparing for Braille reading.
Tactile Learning Strategies: Interacting with Children Who Have Visual Impairments and Multiple Disabilities -- Illustrates effective interactions with children and techniques to teach communication skills. AVAILABLE TO BORROW
Using Tactile Signals and Cues -- Examples of how to use tactile signals and cues effectively in natural home situations
DISK 1
DISK 2
DISK 3
DISK 4
DISK 5

Usher Syndrome

Silence with a Touch: Living with Usher Syndrome -- Usher Syndrome is a genetic condition affecting thousands of people. This little know condition causes both hearing and progressive vision loss. In this program, you will meet people of all ages who share how their lives have been affected by Ushers, and how they have learned to adjust and overcome challenges along the way.

Vision

CAN DO! Video Series: Video Six - Through Their Eyes: An Introduction to Low Vision -- Causes of low vision, how they affect visual function, and adaptations that can be easily incorporated into the environment.
Vision Tests for Infants -- Demonstrates the full range of vision tests used by pediatric optometrists and ophthalmologists in evaluating visual impairment in infants and very young children.
What Can Baby See?: Vision Tests and Interventions for Infants with Multiple Disabilities -- Tests and methods of gathering information to identify vision impairments requiring early intervention services. Strategies for encouraging infants to use their vision in functional ways.