The deaf-blind child

Chapter 105 The deaf-blind child


A Danish study estimated the prevalence of deaf-blind children at 1 : 15 000 and congenital deaf-blindness at 1 : 19 000.1 Visual problems of all severities are found in 40−60% of deaf children.2 Although profound deaf-blindness is uncommon, it was found in 21.4% of intellectually disabled residents in an Austrian institute and is under-recognized in this setting.3 Conversely, deaf-blind people may be misdiagnosed as having learning difficulty particularly as behavioral and psychiatric problems are more common.4 Using a functional definition of deaf-blindness, the US National Deaf-Blind Child Count identified 66% also had cognitive disability, 57% physical disability, and 9% behavioral challenges.5

Jun 4, 2016 | Posted by in OPHTHALMOLOGY | Comments Off on The deaf-blind child

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