Bajagirl, and deafskeptic, right on!!!!!!
Really? Then how come Perkins offers that option? They admit Deaf kids with significent disabilties. You have to understand that while there are some Helen Keller style Deaf Blind kids at Perkins, most of them have significent mental handicaps, and most of those kids have residual vision. It's not like a class full of Helen Kellers.With that said, you really need to drop this whole Deaf-Blind placement thing. It would be in no way appropriate to put a sighted child in a class consisting solely of Deaf-Blind children.
You're missing that the expressive language delay is due to apraxia....Not Down's Syndrome. Again, I know a lot about Down's Syndrome style functioning due to my genetic syndrome. When a kid with apraxia is given ASL/Sign they can really thrive. Like a kid (including a hearing kid with Down's/apraxia) could only speak a handful of words, but they could express themselves in a sophiscated manner with ASL/AAC. (alternative and augmentive communication)Also, her expressive language skills have everything to do with the fact that she has Down syndrome.