A team participating a part of an arena assessment.
A team participating a part of an arena assessment.

All good instruction starts with good assessment. There are a wide variety of tools that may be used though we have some favorites. 

Students who are deafblind and functioning at or near the same-aged peers may be assessed using many of the standardized assessment tools used in schools. It is important to note that some assessment tools are not designed to accommodate the sensory losses these children experience, so though they may yield some valuable information your teacher of students who are visually impaired and/or teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing should be consulted.

Students who are deafblind and visually and multiply impaired or have significant disabilities can be very hard to assess. Assessment that is meaningful and yields information that guides quality program development may take a much longer time. Good and ongoing observation is critical to gather this information.

Here are a few tools that focus on students who are deafblind or have visual and multiple impairments to help you get started:

Instruction Strategies Menu

    • Communication Overview
    • Assessment
    • Concept Development (refer to need to name experience, experiential learning)
      • Concepts of Time
      • Sequencing Events
      • Choice-making
    • Interaction and Bonding
    • Routines
      • Experiencing Routines
      • Turn-taking Games
      • Level 1 Routines (Sharing the Work)
      • Level 2 Routines (Participation with Support)
      • Level 3 Routines (Independent)
    • Calendars
      • A Form of Literacy
      • Anticipation
      • Daily
      • Weekly
      • Monthly
      • Sequence Boxes
      • Timelines