Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 02: The Sensory System, the Brain, and Learning

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Tuesday February 18, 2020
Friday March 20, 2020
Monday April 27, 2020

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

This course presents information and strategies on how to help the student access information and learning. All students who are deaf-blind experience different levels of access to both visual and auditory information, as well as other sensory input. It is essential to understand the types of sensory information to which a student has access, as well as the environmental conditions that support the student’s access to information.



Participants will:

  • Explain the importance of each of the seven senses.
  • Review the brain-senses connection and its impact on learning.
  • Identify some general strategies for supporting a student´s learning.
  • Describe basic information about all seven senses.
  • Know how to identify additional resources to learn more


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
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
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.