The appropriate assessment of students is the crucial first step in developing a good educational plan. But assessment of children who are deaf-blind can be daunting. GSAP hopes the information and resources you find on this wiki will be helpful to local education agencies and families who are serving students who are deaf-blind.
The psychological evaluation of students who are deaf-blind can be a challenging task. School psychologists face a lack of appropriate tests designed for students with vision and hearing loss, the communication barriers presented by students who may have no symbolic language, and because of the low-incidence of the population – a lack of experience working with students who are deaf-blind. In his wonderful fact sheet Psychological Evaluation of Children who are Deaf-Blind: An Overview with Recommendations for Practice, Harvey Mar outlines the problems facing psychologists and offers suggestions for making evaluations meaningful. He provides quality indicators which focus on multiple observations of activities that are relevant and meaningful to the student as part of the student’s natural routines. He lists desired outcomes of a psychological evaluation focusing on recommendations that help the educational team and family with strategies, adaptations and supports, and appropriate goals.