Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules
Module 05: Availability for Learning
PaTTAN - Online Course
Monday April 11, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Sunday May 01, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
This event is by invitation only. You must have a registration key in order to register.
In this course, focus is on how to tell if students are "available to learn"
and to create conditions that will help them become available to learn.
Availability to learn means being emotionally and physically ready to engage with people, absorb information, and pay attention to what is occurring around them. Students who are available to learn are alert, attentive, interested and not over-stimulated. Recognizing these states in students who are deaf-blind can be challenging, but approaching instruction with the skills to identify the students’ readiness will dramatically increase learning outcomes.
- Recognize the internal and external factors that influence a student’s availability
- Identify a student’s state of arousal and how to influence it so the
student is available to communicate and learn.
- Document a student’s likes and dislikes and know how to use those
preferences to support the student‘s availability to learn.
- Identify the strongest sensory channels for a student and describe how to adapt activities and actions in ways that take advantage of those channels.
- Categorize a student’s stress level and identify strategies that can support
the student’s availability for communicating and learning.
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.