Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Logo: The Arkansas CAYSI Project

How to Communicate with ME

Likes & Dislikes

Building a relationship and getting to know your student is a critical foundational piece in teaching. This document is a great way to help you know and share what your student likes and dislikes. I recommend asking each parent to share this information with you and then continuously filling it out as you learn more about your student. Don’t forget to share your new discoveries the parents!

Let Me Check My Calendar

One of the MOST important steps in teaching communication to a deafblind student! The beginning stage of communication is the use of a “Calendar” This short article explains the why, the how, and where to start. Look at our additional resources for more information, details, and videos to help explain this process.


Another important form of communication is choice making. This article gives several strategies in which to offer choice making opportunities/routines and also offers a data sheet for progress monitoring.

Developing a Personal Dictionary (Example and Template)

Help your student communicate by using a personal dictionary. A Personal Dictionary gives the student a voice. It is a personalized method in which the student communicates. For example “When I raise my arms, I am telling you hello”. 

Informational Handouts

Access for All Brochure

CAYSI Project Brochure

Dual Sensory Impairment Brochure

For more information, please contact:

Angyln Young, CAYSI Project Director
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
1401 West Capitol Avenue, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-374-5517
Jana Villemez, Family Consultant
Office: 501-682-4222
Fax: 501-682-4248
Jennifer Walkup, Education Consultant
Office: 501-682-4222
Fax: 501-682-4248
Disclaimer: The contents of this website were developed under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education #H326T180009. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Teaching Research Institute, nor the US Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government. Project Officer, Susan Weigert.

State Standards

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