Areas of information or perspectives that together create the synergistic whole of the Learning from Dylan approach.
Learning from Dylan
Underlying philosophies of the Learning from Dylan model
Internal / External perspective - When does your child have the best balance in their life? What works to support this balance and their health, success, and well-being? What makes it worse? What can you do?
Balancing the Scales by Kimberly Lauger, Kristina Manning, and Megan Mogan
Explanation of the Internal / External perspective, plus educational and team strategies from the 2013 CHARGE Syndrome Conference
Polyvagal Theory - Science supporting the Internal / External perspective
A brief overview
Emotional Safety: How it works or doesn't. A polyvagal Pathway to Love? - one of the simplest articles on polyvagal theory with a beautiful diagram
Follow the Child
by Kristine Barnett
I found so many of these ideas to fit well with deafblind education
Thoughts on assessment by David Brown
Overview of the Van Dijk Curricular Approach by Dr. Stephanie McFarland -
Foundational principles for the Learning from Dylan model
Communication - Although we focused on American Sign Language when Dylan was a baby, he has shown us that he needs other types of communication support as well.
Learning language vs learning through language by Kimberly Lauger
A Learning from Dylan blog post written after hearing Millie Smith
Supporting Emergent Communication posts for the Communication Matrix Community Forum by Kimberly Lauger
Communication Matrix - Learn more about the Assessment Tool
Be part of the community who works with emergent communicators
We have found the wholeness of deafblind principles and practices put into action are essential for Dylan's learning.
Booklet to help families navigate the IEP process specific to the unique needs of deafblind learners and the role of the intervener.
A perspective on deafblindness by Kimberly Lauger
DVI Quarterly, Vol 58, No 4, 2013 pages 37-46
Blog post and video about the importance of interveners and teams
Resource for finding your local support organization, knowledge, and resources specific to deafblindness
Thank you to Cindi Robinson and the Arizona Deafblind Project for all the support and education throughout Dylan's life.
Although these publications and resources are specific to the syndrome Dylan was born with, CHARGE Syndrome, I believe the content is relevant to any parent seeking to understand and support their child.
Parent editorial in the American Journal of American Genetics by
Kimberly Lauger, Nancy Cornelius, and Wendy Keedy
Published Online: 6 Jan 2005
This is the emotional story of my path as a mother to five children, and the love and loss along the way, 2016
Papers emerging from the Behavior Strand of the 6th International CHARGE syndrome conference
How do we understand the language of behavior and meet the child's sensory needs?
Detailed information about the HANDLE approach, and upcoming courses
I recommend this book for gaining insight into the role our sensory systems have on how we function / behave in the world.
This book is a collection of many individual and family experiences with HANDLE. I find it useful for getting an idea of what HANDLE is and how it might be helpful for you or your family.
"I got the package yesterday......OH MY GOD, the book. (TheFabric of Autism) I read it cover to cover and I can't even begin to describe my feelings now. I thought I "got" what Mac's challenges were, but the book opened another realm of understanding that I'm still vibrating about… I've always wished I could switch places and be in her body, just to know what it feels like and I almost feel like I have.” Jeanie Colp, Parent