Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 10: Concept Development and Active Learning

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Thursday October 15, 2020
Tuesday November 03, 2020

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

By understanding the importance of touch and by using effective touch and engagement strategies, an intervener supports a student in exploration and learning about the world. This course will illustrate how experiences are the beginning of the development of concepts for students with deaf-blindness. It will review how the opportunities for exploration and varied experiences provide building blocks for the formation of concepts. An intervener can help bridge the gap between deaf-blindness and experiential and incidental learning. The course will also differentiate between concept development and skill development and how they are both important.



Participants will:

  • Identify the impact of deaf-blindness on an individual’s development of concepts and incidental learning.
  • Compare and contrast skill development and concept development.
  • Identify that trusting relationships are essential for the development of concepts about the self (and concepts about the self are essential for learning).
  • Explain the role of language and communication in the development of concepts.
  • Describe methods for incorporating experiential learning and functional tasks.
  • Apply deaf-blind strategies in the development of routines which support active learning and concept development.


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.