People with deafblindness need to get as much information as
possible from their residual sight and hearing and from their other
senses - using their senses together. For many, touch can provide a
means of learning about the world and a means of communicating.
Some deafblind people become very skilled in using the sense of
smell, for example, and use it to identify people. Some come to
recognise movement around them because of something as subtle as
changes in air pressure on their skin.
Every person has different, individual needs, even people with
the same diagnosis vary enormously in their abilities and
character. Some conditions, both congenital and acquired may change
over time, in how well children see or hear, or in their health or
general development. There are however a wide range of
interventions or therapies which may help.
- For many deafblind people there is a role for individual human
support services to provide support with communication, aid
mobility and provide access to information. Roles such as
communicator-guide or intervenor can provide invaluable support in
living and learning.
- Tactile communication approaches - communication through touch.
An example of this is hand signing.
- Cochlear implants/bone anchored hearing aids (for some).
- Sensory integration therapy - involves controlling sensory
stimulation in order for the child to adapt to the sensory
information that they receive from their surrounding