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Learning from Dylan - Professionals

An approach to understanding, supporting, and teaching children with complex sensory and medical needs 

Dylan, a young man with CHARGE Syndrome, is signing water as he sprays water on his plant in the redwood plantar box he made.

"Over my years of service as a regional consulting teacher for the deafblind in North Central Arizona, I have had the tremendous privilege of hearing and watching Kimberly Lauger as she has trained and mentored teams and individuals in the complex issues pertaining to students with dual sensory impairments.  Kim brings the tremendous heart of a parent who is making the personal journey coupled with a vast expertise in the areas of sensory integration, deafblind intervention, and more.  Her presentations are in depth, but easily digested by those who are encountering deafblindness head on for the first time.  Staff and parents alike come away from their time with Kim with a toolbox of practical information and suggestions which they can implement with their students right away and, most importantly, a colleague for the road ahead."

     Helen McDowell, MA

     Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing           

Learning from Dylan

Telephone or Skype support for professionals

  • Explore the internal and external variables that might be influencing the connection, communication, and learning of your students​

  • Explore ideas of what your students' behavior might be communicating about needed supports

  • Problem solve environmental, sensory, and deafblind strategies to fit the unique needs of your students

  • Problem solve roadblocks to implementation of these strategies

  • Learn tips to help you remain calm during challenging situations

Learning from Dylan Plus HANDLE®

Premier evaluation and support in your community

  • Evaluation of home and school environments for internal and external variables influencing connection, communication, and learning

  • HANDLE Evaluation, Neurodevelopmental Profile, and Program of Activities for focus student

  • Report of recommended environmental, sensory, and deafblind strategies

  • Understanding (focus student's name) - Presentation for family and professionals

  • Monthly in-person, phone or Skype follow-up for 6 months 


For those with experience in deafblind education, and those working with their very first child with a combined vision and hearing loss, Learning from Dylan presentations ​

  • teach deafblind strategies through example

  • model the synergistic impact of implementing the wholeness of deafblind principles and practices into a classroom routine, rather than focusing on one strategy at a time

  • demonstrate the internal external model for adapting the environment, activities, expectations, or supports based on feedback from the child's responses

  • spark ideas for what you can do for your students, in your setting

Emphasis can be geared to specific areas of concern, such as

  • facilitating friendships

  • adapting lessons for the deafblind learner

  • literacy development

  • understanding the brain, the senses and the logic of behavior


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