Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 08: Progressing from Non-symbolic to Symbolic Communication and Complex Language

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Monday May 02, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Sunday June 12, 2022 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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

This course will address the intensive instruction and support needed to assist students to develop communication skills. Content includes strategies identified by experts and researchers on how to provide this instruction and support. Access to communication and helping a student develop communication skills is a key role of the intervener when applying these strategies.


Participants will:

  • Identify the value of observation in determining where a person who is deaf-blind is on the communication continuum.
  • Describe communication modes used by students who are deaf-blind.
  • Define strategies to support a student to become a more proficient communicator.
  • Review strategies to support a student to develop complex language skills.

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 periodically.  Please contact Patti McGowan or Lorraine Byer for more information about the OHOA modules.