Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 26: Touch for Connection and Communication

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday April 22, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Sunday June 05, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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.


Participants will:

  • 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.

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.

Topics Covered: Deaf-Blind

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

Content Contact:

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.