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DBI World Conference 2019 - Adapted sign communication

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DBI World Conference 2019
Accessibility stream: Concurrent session 5C
Presenter: Holly Floyd
Topic: Adapted sign communication

Published in: Healthcare
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DBI World Conference 2019 - Adapted sign communication

  1. 1. Adapted Sign Communication Sensity Deafblind and Sensory Support Network of Canada Holly Floyd Manager of Training and Consultations
  2. 2. Sensity Deafblind and Sensory Support Network of Canada Supporting Adults Congenitally Deafblind Emergent and Proficient Communicators American Sign Language (ASL) Signed Exact English (SEE) Pidgin Signed English (PSE) Project Goal
  3. 3. Adapt: verb (used with object) to make suitable to requirements or conditions; adjust or modify fittingly:
  4. 4. Project • Adapted Sign curriculums for both emergent communicators and developing-proficient communicators in partnership with George Brown College, Intervenor Program. • Current needs are not being met creating gaps • Unique focus on specific sign language adaptations • Limited or no access to this type of specialized training >training in-house. • Instructional DVD’s utilizing language models who are deafblind
  5. 5. Anticipated Impact • Uniquely developed Adapted Sign Communication Courses that can be offered in-house for all staff supporting individuals utilizing sign language as part of their individualized communication system. • Increase Intervenors communication skills using adaptations both receptively and expressively. • Intervenors will be able to support language acquisition as part of life long learning and directly impact the quality of life for the individuals we support.
  6. 6. Introduction to Adapted Sign Communication Outcome for Intervenors • 1 Class>7 hour mandatory training for all new staff regardless of positioned held within the organization. • All staff to be able to introduce themselves, share in a conversation and to create awareness in our workplace about adapting sign communication for individuals who are congenitally deafblind
  7. 7. Focus = Intervention What Communication methods does the person use? Does the individual have any physical limitations when creating their signs? What are the individual’s vision and hearing needs? What is the person’s conceptual understanding?
  8. 8. Adapted Sign Communication Best Practices • Approach • Appearance/Attire • Jewelry • Fingernails • Scent • Distance/Seating • Signing Space • Conceptually Accurate Signs Adaptations • Tactile • Environmental • Visual
  9. 9. Conceptually Accurate Signed English (CASE) • We must consider whether specific signs are conceptually accurate and not just consider the English words that are paired with the signs in many commonly used sign language dictionaries. Most words in English have multiple meanings, each usually has only one entry in a sign language dictionary. • Key Word Signing • Brand Names, Locations etc. “Brown+Pop” or “Chicken+Resturant”
  10. 10. Additional Course Content • Vocabulary- Shown by trainers using American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed Exact English (SEE) Basic signs- greetings, alphabet, and Numbers 1-10 • Basic Parts of a sign • Name Signs • Tactile Signing • Visual retention games • Resources
  11. 11. Fundamentals of Adapted Sign Communication Outcome for Intervenors 10 week course-3 hour classes Prerequisite: Introduction to Adapted Sign Vocabulary Topics: • Colours • Nouns • Numbers 10-30 • Household items/Activities • Transportation/Places • Family • Hobbies/Sports • Emotions/Feelings • Food • Pets
  12. 12. Fundamentals Homework • Introduced and completed weekly. • Students create videos from topics given and submit by Dropbox App or YouTube. • Videos are viewed and graded by instructors based on adaptations considered, pace, smoothness, sign production, and small window signing. Teaching Aides • Supplementary visual handouts of 2D printed signs • DVD’s produced with deafblind language models • Video links sent via email after each class
  13. 13. Understanding & Assessments •Simulations Games and Scenarios •Receptive & Expressive No Voice Assessments • Completed during class throughout 1. Written 2. Receptive 3. Expressive
  14. 14. Intermediate Adapted Sign Communication Outcomes for Intervenors: • Expanding on vocabulary • Clear Contextual Communication • Expansion of Receptive Communication Skills 5 week course-3 hour classes Prerequisite: Introduction to Adapted Sign and Fundamentals of Adapted Sign Vocabulary Topics- chosen by staff and the individuals we support: • Verbs • Medical Related Signs • Time Concepts • Locations-local cities • Holidays • Weather
  15. 15. Understanding & Assessments Homework & Assessments • Homework assignments are expanded to multiple sentences and paragraphs using vocabulary learned from previous classes/courses. • Communication must be conceptually accurate and signs produced correctly. • Weekly Quizzes • Receptive Component-Short story Final Exam • Written: theory on communication challenges and adaptations needed. • Expressive : Signing short story • Receptive: Watching prerecorded short stories signed by deafblind language models and deciphering scripts.
  16. 16. Performance • Adapted Sign Courses developed with accompanying instructional DVD’s • Sensity’s Training department and Manager of Specialized Services successfully delivers training in both American Sign Language (ASL) and Signed Exact English (SEE) • Staff’s overall sign language proficiency adapted for individuals who are deafblind has increased and has an overall impact on the quality of life of the individuals they support. • Range of courses developed for staff 1. Introduction to Adapted Sign 2. Fundamentals of Adapted Sign and 3. Intermediate Adapted Sign levels • Through these trainings, Intervenors have an increased knowledge, skills and experience and increased competency leading to higher level of job satisfaction and professionalism.
  17. 17. “If all my possessions were taken from me with one exception, I would choose to keep the power of communication, for by it I would soon regain all the rest” ― Daniel Webster

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