Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules
Module 26: Touch for Connection and Communication
PaTTAN - Online Course
Wednesday April 22, 2020
Friday June 05, 2020
Tuesday June 30, 2020
This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.
This course address how touch is a vital part of supporting both language and access to the world. Content will explore the various techniques in the touch development process that the intervener can use to support the learner. Touch skills can be developed before and in conjunction with formal language. Emphasis will be placed on the learning and communication styles of the learner into account and respect their needs.
- Identify specific ways a student who is deaf-blind can use touch to gain access to the world that will lead to communication and learning.
- Explain how mutual tactile attention, tactile modeling, and joint tactile attention lead to communication and language development.
- List the variety of ways touch can be used for communicating and learning.
- Review the tactile ways the students who are deaf-blind and the intervener access and engage in communication and learning and especially in conversation even prior to formal language development through touch.
- Identify techniques for supporting language, communication and mutual attention to reduce isolation, and to promote access to environmental information. Learners may explore topics such as Pro-Tactile, haptics, and neuro studies based upon the touch sense
- Explain why, when, and how to use tactile symbols with students who are deaf-blind who may not yet be ready for abstract symbol systems.
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.