Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 04: Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Tuesday January 01, 2019
Thursday January 31, 2019

This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.

This course offers a framework and a process for systematically affirming and supporting the student in everyday interactions. For students who are deaf-blind, there is nothing more important for interveners or other communication partners to understand than how to build a trusting and supportive relationship with students. Establishing a trusting, safe relationship is a foundation for all intervention and teaching approaches with students who are deaf-blind.



Participants will:

  • Explain why trusted relationships and a positive self-image are the foundation for well-being and development.
  • Describe key strategies to create reciprocal interactions from a deaf-blind perspective.
  • List patterns in turn-exchanges for starting, maintaining, and ending interactions.
  • Predict indicators of a student’s processing time.
  • Match observations of a student with strategies to share emotions with him or her.
  • Describe specific strategies for establishing joint attention.


Target Audience

Teams and Individuals working with and/or interested in professional development regarding students who are deaf-blind, such as parents, teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and other service providers, including those who are not seeking to become interveners.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Event Info

Event Type:

On-line Courses

Credit Type:

Act 48 Clock Hour
Hours of Instructional Time
No credit


Tina Hertzog and Patti McGowan

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer


Patti McGowan

Additional Info

This module is part of the Open Hands Open Access Intervener Learning Modules (OHOA) series; you must be an OHOA cohort participant to register. The PA Deaf-Blind Project runs a training of the OHOA modules with a new cohort beginning each year in January.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.