Publication: Revealing hidden potentials – Assessing cognition in individuals with congenital deafblindness

Friday, 11 September 2020
Publication: Revealing hidden potentials – Assessing cognition in individuals with congenital deafblindness norden.org

Nordic Welfare Centre and Nordic Council of Ministers have published a book to help professionals assess cognition – and thus be able to develop adapted strategies so that people with congenital deafblindness can develop their full potential.

Deafblindness is a term used to describe serious combined vision and hearing impairment. The World Federation of the Deafblind states that the prevalence of deafblindness is estimated to be 0.2%-2% of the global population.

People with congenital deafblindness often have hidden cognitive potential that those around them fail to detect. This can lead to these people missing out on communication, or not even having the opportunity to develop a tactile language. In order for other people to better support such development, tools are needed to discover this hidden potential.

This book is intended to help professionals assess cognition – and thus be able to develop adapted strategies so that people with congenital deafblindness can develop their full potential. The purpose of the book that you are now holding in your hand is to make a difference for people with congenital deafblindness. The book is aimed at professionals who are involved in making examinations and assessments of cognition in cases of congenital deafblindness in both children and adults. It is also an important contribution to further research in this area. Knowledge about the brain’s structure and function has increased in recent decades and deepened our understanding of the neurological mechanisms behind mental and cognitive development. One important task is to develop the deafblind-specific aspects of this knowledge and this book is a step in this work.

 

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