Date of Graduation
Master of Science in Education in Special Education
Counseling, Leadership, and Special Education
Paul M. Ajuwan
deafblind, multiple impairments, sensory impaired, scent calendar, communication
Special Education and Teaching
This study was developed to track and evaluate the introduction of a formal communication system to a child who is deafblind with multiple impairments. The method of introducing scents paired with certain activities was chosen over a tactile calendar because it was suspected the child's ability to discriminate textures or objects might be lessened by his impairments. At the onset of the study, the student's teachers had no organized way to communicate to him what activities came next. The team working with the student knew a communication system was called for, but was unsure as to whether or not any formal system would be successful. The study examined the process of developing, implementing and evaluating such a system. The educational team found this method to be effective and has chosen to expand its usage to other students.
© Michelle Lockart
Lockart, Michelle, "The Acquisition of Language in a Deafblind Child" (2014). MSU Graduate Theses. 2111.