Group Communication Training for Young People with Combined Visual and Hearing Impairments



The article presents the experience of the communication training for young people with visual and hearing impairments. Boys and girls aged 16–25 with simultaneous hearing and visual impairments of varying severity took part in the group trainings. The variety of means of communication used by them described, conditions of effective training work outlined. The results showed that young people with visual and hearing impairments demonstrate a fairly high level of possession of various means of communication without pronounced additional violations. Communicative needs and preferences in young people with visual and hearing impairments are age-appropriate. Communication training allows the following: to eliminate some of the objective communicative difficulties which are exists in deaf-blind people, to motivate participants to show initiative in communication, to learn new about each other. Also communicative training creates a positive experience of communication with a wider range of people. The most important result is the opportunity to talk about ones feelings in a supportive atmosphere.

General Information

Keywords: deaf-blindness, communication, means of communication, communication training

Journal rubric: Applied Research

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Khokhlova A.Y., Dianova M.V. Group Communication Training for Young People with Combined Visual and Hearing Impairments [Elektronnyi resurs]. Klinicheskaia i spetsial'naia psikhologiia = Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 91–103. DOI: 10.17759/cpse.2018070107. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Alina Y. Khokhlova, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Psychologist, the Resource Center Supporting Deafblind and their Family Members “Yaseneva Polyana”, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Maria V. Dianova, Director's Assistant, Resource Center for Support of People with Multisensory Impairments and Their Families "Yaseneva Polyana", Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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