handicapped child - able to listen and understand - unable to speak
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Sun Nov 12 18:36:32 UTC 2006
November 12, 2006
Charles Butler wrote:
> I believe that part of Fernando Capovilla's work in Sao Paulo is
> specifically addressing this kind of situation. He is working not
> only with the Deaf but with people with speech impediments and
> specific physical handicaps where speech is difficult.
Hello Charles and Stefan....
Yes...that is true. Dr. Fernando Capovilla has used SignWriting and
also works with multiply-handicapped people....
Perhaps you can write to Dr. Capovilla, Stefan?...
You can read more about his work at the University of Sao Paulo here:
SignWriting in Brazil
> SignWriting List
> November 12, 2006
>> Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
>> Excuse me, if somebody feels that this question is not subject to
>> SignWriting ... I need your support. Last week I met a 5 year
>> old boy in my classroom– He is physically handicapped. He can
>> hear and understand spoken language but is unable to speak a
>> single word and this will not change in the future. So he uses
>> gestures as far as possible. Now we are in the process to develop
>> ideas – what kind of education – program would fit his needs at
>> best? He is able to understand questions and to follow
>> instructions given in spoken language at his level of age without
>> any problem. So he is smart ... smile! In the long run he probably
>> will choose to use kind of computer software – to type his
>> comments on a screen – but will this support his need for
>> everyday – communication? His mother has heard about
>> GebaerdenSchrift (SignWriting ) and she decided to check out
>> whether this could support her and her son to improve their
>> communcation. Believe it or not but this smart little boy was able
>> to identify the signs of a two pages GebaerdenSchrift-Document
>> after only a 45 minute session! And even when I wrote some sign-
>> names at the blackboard he could understand and sign immediately
>> the idea : written names - well of course written SignLanguage.
>> I am wondering wether anybody who reads this message knows of a
>> child in an almost parallel situation. Would be great to get some
>> enriching ideas, comments, weblinks ... Thanks for your attention!
>> Stefan ;-)
> Hello Stefan and SW List!
> Thank you for this message, Stefan...It is a good message for this
> List...Using SignWriting with children who are not deaf, is still
> on topic for this List for sure! So please keep writing to us, to
> tell us of your progress with this young man...
> There have been other teachers who have used SignWriting with
> students who are not deaf, but who use Sign Language for other
> reasons, such as being mute, or people who are mentally-handicapped
> and cannot speak. I also know of teachers using SignWriting with
> deaf children who are also multiply-handicapped, such as autistic
> deaf children. It is my understanding that in all cases,
> SignWriting was a useful tool. I will try to gather together the
> email messages sent to me on this subject, and get permission from
> the teachers to post their experiences and get back to you...
> I can see that you are already making progress with your student,
> Stefan, so please keep us informed...I am very interested as to
> your progress...
> Maybe later I can create a link on the Teacher's Forum, for working
> with SignWriting and the multiply handicapped...
> But to do this, we would need permission from the parents of the
> students, to be able to post information as to their progress...
> Thanks again for sharing and keep posting messages!
> Val ;-)
> Valerie Sutton
> Sutton at SignWriting.org
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