Dancing Cheek to Cheek: Nurturing Beginning Social, Play and Language Interactions
Laura Meyers, Pamela Lansky
This booklet summarizes the findings of a research project that investigated the effectiveness of different strategies for developing social, play, and language skills in babies with severe visual impairments. The four-year research project involved 10 infants and toddlers (ages 5-39 months) and their parents. The booklet discusses effective strategies gleaned from the research project in three parts. The first part discusses beginning a relationship with a baby with visual impairments. It describes how parents and babies should start getting to know each other and how to use language to socially interact with each other. The second part provides suggestions on introducing new toys to the baby, choosing the best toys, and making toys a part of a relationship with the baby. The final section addresses encouraging language developing, including letting the baby know that things have names, setting up the play so that it's easy to talk about, linking the baby's words to his play, and signs that the baby is having fun during play time. Each section closes with "Getting Down to Basics" page which summarizes strategies that work and those that do not work. Case examples throughout the text illustrate effective parent-child interaction.
Laura Meyers, Pamela Lansky. Dancing Cheek to Cheek: Nurturing Beginning Social, Play and Language Interactions (1993). Blind Childrens Center: Los Angeles, CA.
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