1st Edition

Communication and Sensory Loss Global Perspectives

Edited By Kathryn Crowe Copyright 2024
    248 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This collection explores communication differences in individuals with sensory impairment/loss relevant to health and education students and professionals.

    Children and adults with hearing, vision, and dual sensory impairment/loss may experience differences and/or difficulties with communication. This book goes beyond describing sensory loss to encourage readers to think about sensory loss and communication as part of a biopsychosocial view of health and the intersecting identities of the clients and families that they service. The book takes a strengths-based, evidence-informed approach and utilizes the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) of the WHO. Each chapter focuses on either children or adults with hearing, vision, dual sensory impairment/loss, or sensory loss and complex communication needs. Each chapter introduces the group described in the chapter and issues around appropriate use of terminology, followed by a discussion of the sensory impairment/loss and communication needs considered within each component of the ICF. Chapters conclude with case studies highlighting cultural and linguistic diversity, well-resourced and under-resourced contexts, and intersecting identities in which the framework of the ICF is applied.

    This book is a valuable resource for scholars, educators, and clinicians interested in evidence-based practices to support their work with individuals experiencing sensory loss.


    List of Contributors



    List of Acronyms and Abbreviations


    Part 1. Context

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Frameworks and Hearing and Vision Terminology. Kathryn Crowe and Walter Wittich.

    Chapter 2. Intersecting Identities and Experience of Sensory Loss. Suzanne C. Hopf, Kathryn Crowe, Joanne Mosen, Sureni Perera, Ekawati Liu, and Shrutilata Singh.


    Part 2. Sensory Loss in Childhood

    Chapter 3. Hearing Loss. Faheema Mahomed-Asmail, Kathryn Crowe, and Jeanne d’Arc Ntigulirwa.

    Chapter 4. Visual impairment. Renata R. Eccles, Paula Conroy, and Jeannie van der Linde.

    Chapter 5. Deafblindness. Susan M. Bruce, Kerstin M. Tönsing, and Shakila Dada.

    Chapter 6. Complex Communication Needs. Amy Szarkowski, Cristina Lacerda, Shoko Yamamoto, Karla N. Washington


    Part 3. Sensory Loss in Adulthood

    Chapter 7. Acquired Communication Impairment in Adults with Sensory Loss from Childhood. Nannette Nicholson, Ahmad A. Alanazi, and Kathryn Crowe.

    Chapter 8. Hearing Loss. Elin Karlsson and Faheema Mahomed-Asmail.

    Chapter 9. Vision Loss. Natalina Martiniello, Joanne Mosen, Sonia Wasi, and Walter Wittich.

    Chapter 10. Deafblindness. Atul Jaiswal, Uttam Kumar, Akhil Paul, Sanja Tarczay, and Walter Wittich.

    Chapter 11. Complex Communication Needs. Kerstin M. Tönsing, Saskia Damen, Margje van der Schuit, and Shakila Dada.





    Kathryn Crowe is Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Iceland, Iceland. She is also an Affiliate of the Center for Education Research Partnerships, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, and Adjunct Research Fellow, Charles Sturt University, Australia.