Articles and Publications

Our Publications

The following publications were written by our ICYDB experts. Dr Robin Greenfield and Dr Lanya McKittrick have written materials that offer insight, knowledge and information for parents and practitioners developing communication and educational strategies for children or youth with deafblindness. All are available to read online.


Increasing Self-Regulation and Classroom Participation of a Child Who Is Deafblind
Nelson, C., Hyte, H., and Greenfield, R. (2016). American Annals of the Deaf, 160(5), 496-509.
Retrieved from: American Annals of the Deaf

Stress, Behavior, and Children and Youth Who Are Deafblind
Nelson, C., Greenfield, R., Hyte, H., and Shaffer, J. (2013). Research & Practices for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 38(3), 139-156.
Retrieved from: SAGE Journals

Parents of children who are deafblind face challenges in fostering collaboration within individualized education program teams.
McKittrick, L. L. (2022). British Journal of Visual Impairment, 0(0).
Retrieved from: SAGE Journals

The Benefits of Teaching Self-Determination Skills to Very Young Students with Sensory Loss.
McKittrick, L. L. (2022). Online Submission.
Retrieved from: ERIC 


Cover page of 2017 CDHD Transition Portfolios booklet.

Transition Portfolios

This first booklet has been written to assist teams in developing a transition portfolio that documents important information about an individual, and to be able to provide this kind of information as they plan a student's transition to a new setting.

Transition Portfolios: A Strategy for Making Easy Transitions (PDF)

Cover page of 2017 CDHD Cortical Visual Impairment booklet.

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)

The content of this second booklet is to provide practical information to families and service providers focusing on Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) which has been identified as the leading cause of visual impairment in the western world.

Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI): Characteristics and Intervention Strategies (PDF)

Cover page of 2017 CDHD Communication is for Everyone booklet.

Communication is for Everyone!

The focus of this third booklet is to provide you with some basic, but critical things, to think about when developing a communication system for a child who is deafblind and may have additional disabilities.

Communication is for Everyone! Elements and Strategies (PDF)

Cover page of 2021 CDHD Why Aren't you Paying Attention booklet.

Why Aren't You Paying Attention?

This booklet is the fourth in a series of booklets on topics that are relevant to children and youth who are deaf-blind. The topic is 'attention". How it is defined, questions to ask with regards to how a child may pay attention, different kinds of attention, and the elements that impact attention.

Why Aren't You Paying Attention? Influences and Outcomes (PDF)