DISC Modifications for use with deaf/hard of hearing children
November 11, 1991
CAUTION: Using the DISC with any group of children that deviates from the norm group should be done with caution. Any summary of the results should indicate that the current norms may be biased when used this particular group.
GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR TESTING HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN -you must use
much more animation
SUGGESTED MODIFICATIONS TO THE DISC FOR USE WITH HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN:
Fine Motor: Generally, administer as is, using pantomime to demonstrate and encourage response
Receptive Language: Item Nos. 1 to 7: Omit Item Nos. 8 to 23: Sign: (except Item Nos. 14-18 since signs are actually the answer--iconic--child can read the sign to determine answer) Item Nos. 24 to 26: very difficult to administer
Expressive Language: Omit Item Nos. 1 to 9 Item Nos. I1 to 18: Sign; test by receiving response through use of signing Item Nos. 19 to 26: Omit
Auditory Attention & Memory: Totally Omit
Visual Attention & Memory: As a whole, deaf children have a lot of difficulty in the area of visual attention & memory than hearing children.
Item No. 1 to 9: Administer as is
Item No. 10: Allow the child to play with the doll first and then administer the item
Item No. 12: Use the car or ball instead of the cube; most children will understand easier
Item No. 17: Sign "Where is the same?"
Item No. 18: Sometimes the children just want to play stacking the cubes; Try to use coloured crayons or beads
Item No. 19: Administer before Item No. 16
Item No. 23: If the child doesn't recognize the standardized objects,
use objects more familiar to the child
Social: First of all, ask the guardian if the child usually plays with hearing or non-hearing children. An all non-hearing group has very different social dynamics than a hearing group.
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