Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 18: Progressing from Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Wednesday March 11, 2020
Tuesday March 31, 2020

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

This course will provide insights into how a child with deaf-blindness has different experiences of everyday situations than other individuals in the same environment. By identifying some of the impacts of deaf-blindness, an intervener or communication partner can begin to interpret a child´s responses to the environment in new ways and provide supports to the child based on that understanding. This understanding is the vital key to enable the student to become a more proficient communicator.



Participants will:

  • Explain the importance of clear communication for the team dynamic.
  • Describe strategies to support good team communication.
  • Identify the role and responsibilities of each member of the team, including the family.
  • Understand the importance of role release.
  • Describe strategies for conflict resolution.


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


PaTTAN Educational Consultant

Event Contact:


Lorraine Byer
800-441-3215 x7258


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.