Monday, 19 April 2010 08:31

Educational Curriculum

Principals of the van Dijk Curriculum

In the van Dijk approach, an interpersonal relationship between the child and his/her educator is crucial. It is a fact that the majority of children with congenital deafblindness are at risk of failing to develop a warm relationship with their principal caregiver(s). Healthy attachment is considered fundamental for emotional, social, and cognitive development (J. van Dijk & M. Janssen 1993; Janssen, Riksen-Walraven & J. van Dijk, 2002).

Published in Jan as Developer
Monday, 19 April 2010 08:22

Development of Communication

From the beginning of my career, I’ve been interested in ways children with deafblindness can be taught to communicate with their environment. This was one of the major reasons why, in 1963, I went to the Perkins School for the Blind, in Watertown, Massachusetts (USA). This school has a long history of teaching deafblind children, including Laura Bridgman and Helen Keller.


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