Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 23: Behavior and Environmental Supports

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Wednesday April 01, 2020
Tuesday April 21, 2020
Tuesday June 30, 2020

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

This course reviews how behavior can communicate what is going on with a child, how to identify the function of the behavior, how expectations can influence behavior, and how the environment impacts behavior.



Participants will:

  • Examine the purpose of behavior, and how to identify that purpose.
  • Define a child´s behavior as a functional strategy to cope with a given situation.
  • Describe how expectations, both high and low, impact behavior.
  • Identify how the environment impacts behavior, and can be modified.


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


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.