Balancing loss and potential: Deafblindness, a whole-body experience.
During the past year we have all longed for physical and social contact. As we sit behind our screens we miss the body language we took for granted and we become insecure in our online interactions. We can’t wait for life to return to normal. But for those who are deafblind this unfortunately is the lifelong normal, and so they have to find sustainable ways to deal with it and to use the potential that is still theirs.
Led by Femke Krijger, a holistic therapist, international researcher and someone living with deafblindness and Liz Duncan, Head of Learning at Deafblind UK, these webinars will focus on this potential, within the context of the high impact loss of visual and auditive perception. We will explore the sensory potential of the tactile sense, as well as the proprioception and vestibular (balance) sense system - and how these are interrelated. The importance for people who are deafblind to actively use this sensory potential might seem self-evident. However, sufficient awareness and training is often lacking. We’ll share as much hands-on information as possible connected to experienced based best practices and scientifically based knowledge. We hope to create ground for continuous conversation that, we think, could be valuable for all of us.
The webinars are ideal for those working with people who are deafblind, across social care, health care and sensory loss professionals. The course will develop your understanding of the day-to-day impact of deafblindness and how the right training and support can make a true difference.
24th March 2021 Webinar 1: Introduction
We will introduce the concepts that we plan to explore further during the following sessions.
22nd April 2021 Webinar 2: Sensory potential: sensory integration, proprioception, vestibular system, tactile sense
We will explore the sensory potential of the tactile sense, as well as the proprioception and vestibular (balance) sense system. And how these are interrelated. The importance for people who are deafblind to actively use this sensory potential might seem self-evident. however, sufficient awareness and training is often lacking. We will share as much hands-on information as possible connected to experienced based best practices and scientifically based knowledge.
26th May 2021 Webinar 3: Physical & mental wellbeing (resilience): body awareness, self-awareness, social awareness
We will explore how the potential of the sensory system is strongly linked to one’s resilience, especially in the case of deafblindness. Resilience is the ability to recover and carry on after setbacks crossed your path. For people living with deafblindness resilience is a daily exercise, because sight and hearing loss inevitably makes daily activities more challenging. It requires enormous strength and endurance to not withdraw from daily life. We will discuss how we can help strengthen this resilience-potential, including some important tips & tricks that can be shared right away.
We will look at physical-mental well-being; the state of resilience as well as the ability to make use of your senses in the best way possible. In fact, it’s a balancing act. Not only between body and mind – many people who are deafblind tend to focus very much on their mental capacity (mental mapping, anticipation, etc.) - but also between tension and relaxion, and finally, potential and loss.
16th June 2021 Webinar 4: Managing Energy and Stress and why these are not the same.
The more we understand that deafblindness is a matter of balancing, the more space we have to make choices. This is of great importance for people who are deafblind, who are used to dependency, but are still very much a person on their own.
This requires sufficient knowledge on the importance of both stress management and energy management and the distinctions between them when it comes to deafblindness.
17th June 2021 Webinar 5: Question and answer session
This is an opportunity to share your own professional experiences and observations or ask our experts any questions that you have from previous webinars. Liz and Femke will be happy to answer questions from a personal and professional point of view.
All sessions run from 11am till 1pm