Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 05: Availability for Learning

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday February 01, 2019
Thursday February 28, 2019

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

In this course, focus is on how to tell if students are "available to learn" and to create conditions that will help them become available to learn. Availability to learn means being emotionally and physically ready to engage with people, absorb information, and pay attention to what is occurring around them. Students who are available to learn are alert, attentive, interested and not over-stimulated. Recognizing these states in students who are deaf-blind can be challenging, but approaching instruction with the skills to identify the students’ readiness will dramatically increase learning outcomes.



Participants will:

  • Recognize the internal and external factors that influence a student’s availability to learn.
  • Identify a student’s state of arousal and how to influence it so the student is available to communicate and learn.
  • Document a student’s likes and dislikes and know how to use those preferences to support the student‘s availability to learn.
  • Identify the strongest sensory channels for a student and describe how to adapt activities and actions in ways that take advantage of those channels.
  • Categorize a student’s stress level and identify strategies that can support the student’s availability for communicating and learning.


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.