Tactile Working Memory Scale – A Professional Manual
Authors: Jude T. Nicholas, Annika M. Johannessen, Trees van Nunen
Working memory, or the ability to keep something in mind for a limited amount of time is a central function in cognition. For persons with congenital deafblindness we need a bodily-tactile perspective on working memory.
This manual gives a theoretical overview and presents a scale that can be used by professionals to identify and assess tactile working memory in persons with deafblindness, and design tools and strategies to ensure that these persons can develop and make use of all their potentials, both cognitively and linguistically.
When we add a linguistic value to bodily tactile expressions and recognise tactile languages as natural languages, we are able to communicate linguistically with people with congenital deafblindness.
From the motto if you can see it, you can support it this book gives an idea of how communication partners can spot and read utterances in the bodily tactile modality as language. It shows how the partner can respond to the tactile speech and support the langauage development by using different cognitive strategies in the conversations to activate both the tactile work memory and the tactile autobiographical memory.
The book presents a circle model that can be used as a basis for discussion and analysis in relation to language that grows from a bodily tactile modality.
The Nordic network on tactile language has published this book about tactile language to benefit persons with deafblindness, their families and professionals.
Publication: Guidelines for Assessment of Cognition in Relation to Congenital Deafblindness. 88 pages.
Editors: Flemming Ask Larsen, Saskia Damen
Editorial staff: Lasse Winther Wehner
Authors: Flemming Ask Larsen, Saskia Damen, Hans Erik Frölander, Erica Boers, Jude Nicholas, Annika Maria Johannessen, Emmi Tuomi, Anne Varran, Henriette Hunsperger-Ehrlich, Vivi Andersen, Henrik Okbøl.
Responsible publisher: Ewa Persson Göransson
Publication year: 2014
Language:English Subjects: In 2007, the Network on Cognition in Relation to Deafblindness was established. Our purpose is – as the name of the group indicates – to develop assessment of cognition in relation to deafblindness.The Guidelines in this publication are structured in three parts. Part I gives an introduction to the theoretical foundation of the work of the network and of the guidelines in the present booklet. Part II is an analysis of textbooks and introductions to assessment in general, that aim at teasing out general guidelines that need specific CDB focus. This part ends up in a set of recommendations for assessment of cognition in relation to CDB. Part III is a series of examples from our own work that present different attempts at applying the presented guidelines and theoretical foundation, in combination with more specific assessment targets and procedures.
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