Monday, 19 April 2010 08:51

The theory of Attachment

Over the years, my work has been increasingly influenced by the theory of attachment. This theory deals with how the principal caregiver develops a bond with his/her child. (A lot of research in this area is currently taking place.) There is clear scientific evidence that a person who has bonded with his principal caregiver(s), usually one or both parents, will profit from this basic feeling of security through his or her entire life.

Eye contact is very important in the bonding process.

Published in Jan as Author
Friday, 02 April 2010 14:32

Congenital Rubella Syndrome 1

A little bit of history.

My first research project was on deaf and deafblind children who were born with multiple disabilities because their mothers had been infected by the rubella virus during pregnancy. At the time I started my research, I had over ten years experience teaching children who were deafblind due to Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS). As a graduate student in special education and clinical psychiatry, I was intrigued by the peculiar behaviour of these children, and their strange ways of learning.

Heather Hewitt, Director of Monnington, an organisation in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia), invited me to cooperate with her team in a research project on "rubella children." The rubella epidemics of the 1960s had left Australia with many victims. I worked with the psychological staff of Monnington to collect data on 81 children, with a mean age of 65.7 months, who were deaf and deafblind due to rubella. Of these 81 children, 63 were "deaf only." 18 had additional visual impairments because of bilateral cataracts. This was the deafblind group.

Published in Jan as Researcher