Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 17: Social Skills and Peer Relationships Module

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Sunday February 05, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Friday March 10, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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

This course will provide participants each individual circle of the model allows for a more in-depth analysis of what each student needs and how to facilitate that without becoming too involved to the point of disrupting natural connections being made. Through evaluating your own personal circle of friends, a student with deaf-blindness’ own circle of friends is better understood.


Participants will:

  • Review the important role that social skills play in school and post-school success.
  • Compare how deaf-blindness and decreased opportunities for incidental learning can impact the development of social skills.
  • Describe how to support natural social interactions based on shared activities and interests within the framework of family culture and local norms.
  • Describe how the intervener can facilitate friendships and interactions between the student and others in the school and community.
  • Examine how Circle of Friends process can be used to identify challenges and strategies to support social connections.

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.