Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much
~ Helen Keller
CAYSI Provider Resources
Access materials, strategies, progress monitoring forms, articles, resources, and videos specifically developed for teaching and assessing students with low incidence disabilities to be used by educators and other service providers.
A Tool for Identifying Vision and Hearing Loss in Children with Multiple Disabilities
Assessing Communication and Learning in Young Children who are Deafblind or Who Have Multiple Disabilities
- An assessment guide that includes a planning checklist, gathering information, interpreting, and applying the results. This also has a list of instruments used to assess children who are deafblind.
Functional Assessment of Sensory Status of Children who are Deafblind
- An assessment that includes educationally oriented questions for an audiologist and ophthalmologist, a sensory system profile, considerations for observing sensory behavior, sensory functioning, an educational plan review, and more.
“The Communication Matrix is a free assessment tool created to help families and professionals easily understand the communication status, progress, and unique needs of anyone functioning at the early stages of communication or using forms of communication other than speaking or writing.” - communicationmatrix.org
Literacy: ALL children CAN read…let us show you how!
- This is highly recommended! Once you complete the Literacy Skills Checklist, you can follow the recommendations. It is easy to follow and has research based strategies on teaching literacy to students with deafblindness.
“Development of the All Children Can Read site began in 2006 as part of the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) Literacy Practice Partnership. The goal of this site is to provide information and resources for teaching and working with children who have complex learning challenges. Specifically, the site is designed for individual state deaf-blind projects, teachers, family members and related services providers interested in beginning or enhancing literacy instruction for children who have combined vision and hearing loss.” - nationaldb.org
Motor Activities To Encourage Pre-Braille Skills
- This is a simple yet extensive list of ways to encourage pre-braille skills, such as grasp, rotary motion, finger isolation, proper finger position, and tracking
Braille Readiness Grid
- Reading and writing braille is achieved by systematic building of skills in many areas of development. This literacy readiness grid enables parents and teachers to identify accomplished skills and target other skills for educational programming.
Teaching Literacy to Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities
Click here to access additional resources for Early Intervention, Goals and Objectives, and Strategies.
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.