Friendship: A Social, Educational, and Communication Concern for Children Who are Deaf-Blind Until recently, “friendship ” as an educational goal was seldom addressed in educational programs for children with severe disabilities and deaf-blindness. Professionals mostly concentrated on the provision of specific therapeutic services, and being so occupied, had little time or opportunity to focus on friendships. Thus, while the traditional focus ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2000
Friendship: A Social, Educational, and Communication Concern for Children Who are Deaf-Blind
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  • Nancy Sall
    Nyack, NY
    Educational Consultant
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Article   |   December 01, 2000
Friendship: A Social, Educational, and Communication Concern for Children Who are Deaf-Blind
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2000, Vol. 9, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aac9.4.7
SIG 12 Perspectives on Augmentative and Alternative Communication, December 2000, Vol. 9, 7-9. doi:10.1044/aac9.4.7
Until recently, “friendship ” as an educational goal was seldom addressed in educational programs for children with severe disabilities and deaf-blindness. Professionals mostly concentrated on the provision of specific therapeutic services, and being so occupied, had little time or opportunity to focus on friendships. Thus, while the traditional focus in special education had been on health, safety, and skill acquisition, a shift has occurred in the delivery of services such that the more comprehensive concerns of lifestyle and social support, including social integration, social communication and the development of peer relationships has come to the forefront (Newton, Horner, Ard, LeBaron, & Sappington, 1994). This article serves to briefly describe the impact of friendship on social and communication issues relevant to students with deaf-blindness.
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