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).

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Monday, 19 April 2010 08:27

Motor Development

In my article, "Motor Development in the Education of Deaf-Blind Children" (see Communication Development), I introduced the term co-active movement. I used it to indicate that activities should be carried out in close physical contact with a congenitally deafblind child. This enables an educator to sense the child’s intentions, and vice versa.

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