From Sensation to Dialogue
The network on cognition was formed in 2008, mainly occupied with a project on assessment of cognition in relation to Deafblindness. The network has around 20 members, predominantly psychologists and pedagogues within the field of deafblindness, several of them connected to universities as well. All the Nordic countries are represented as well as Switzerland, Holland and Great Britain.
As the subtitle "from sensation to dialogue" suggests, cognition is addressed in a broad sense, involving the field of physiology, neuroscience, cognitive and developmental psychology as well as social psychology, pedagogic and semiotics. The point of view has been practical, about sharing experiences and developing competence.
It is difficult to assess cognitive abilities in persons with deafblindness. Expressions are not easy to interpret, especially not so in the early congenital state. Our project has been focusing on this subgroup, and in addition also on acquired deafblindness and potential cognitive decline. Instruments and analytical models are missing to a high degree in both cases. Our project has hence aimed to improve the competence among professionals to understand, observe, describe and assess cognitive abilities in persons with deafblindness.
As the tactile modality is of outmost importance in deafblindness, we have pursued to increase our knowledge on bodily tactile cognition. We have also striven to develop methods and guidelines applicable in optimal settings, hereby including knowledge about communication in deafblindness.
Network members are trying to adapt existing infant and child scales. A memory test for elderly are also adapted to people with acquired deafblindness. Furthermore, a checklist on deployment and regulation of attention during tactual tasks and an executive functioning screening test are being adapted to children with congenital deafblindness. We have also been taking a step towards an analytical procedure to evaluate social cognition in the context of tactile communication
We will continue our developmental work within the network and thus fructify experience from the practical field with scientific findings and theoretical knowledge, in addition trying to convey knowledge via publications, presentations and exchanges.
Guidelines for Assessment of Cognition in Relation to Congenital Deafblindness
Introduction to essays about cognition and deafblindness - Hans Erik Frölander
Resumè of presentation at the Network meeting at NVC 24. – 26. August 2009 "About Application of cognitive concepts......." - Dorrit Rosenkrantz.
Understanding cognitive functions in congenitally deafblind people. Possible empirical contributions from infant research and children with autism - Jesper Dammeyer
Cognition and semiotics – from sensation to dialogue - Flemming Ask Larsen
Deafblindness and Planning - Henrik Okbøl
Measuring cognition as an intra-phenomenon or an inter-phenomenon - Johan Granli
From active touch to tactile communication: What's tactile cognition got to do with it? - Jude Nicholas
From active touch to tactile communication: What's tactile cognition got to do with it? Part 2 - Jude Nicholas
Memory testing of older adults with severe dual visual and hearing disabilities - Egle Öhman
The Developmental Profile as an assessment tool for support workers - Jette Ehrlich
Dialogicality in tactual forms of joint attention: The practices of persons with congenital deafblindness - Anne Varran Nafstad