Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 10: Concept Development and Active Learning

Schoology Online Course

Session Dates

Tuesday November 01, 2022 - Schoology Online Course
Sunday January 15, 2023 - Schoology Online Course

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.

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


Patti McGowan, Krista Lewis

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.