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Orientation ' Mobility Instruction - Level 1
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Orientation and Mobility - Level 1

Depending on your student's current level and ability, this workshop can help you develop or enhance your skills to:


This module incorporates the instruction contained in the Sensory-Motor Learning and the Every Child is a Communicator module. Information contained in these two modules will be summarized here but it is recommended you review both modules prior to participation with this module.

Children, at a young age, are sensory motor learners. They learn about the world by seeing, touching, hearing, tasting, smelling, and moving. At the same time, the child's muscles respond to the sensory experience by acting on the sensory experience. When these two experiences happen together a sensory-motor learning action occurs. The more experiences the child is involved in, the more learning that occurs. One of the significant roles of early and/or beginning purposeful movement and travel skills is to encourage and develop early sensory experiences.

Young child learn to communicate by watching and doing. Children who are deafblind need to be taught a process to communicate. Communication is developed by interacting and responding to many different activities, one of which includes purposeful movement, in which two people (initially the child who is deafblind and the adult) are engaged.

As we begin to develop a program of instruction to encourage purposeful movement, it must be taught hand in hand with an expectation to communicate so that learners who are deafblind are able to interact with the world and learn to successfully communicate wants, desires, and needs.

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The Oregon Deafblind Project is funded through grant award # H326T130008, OSEP CFDA 84.326T, U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education (OSEP), OSEP Project Officer: Susan Weigert.

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