Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules

Module 04: Building Trusted Relationships and Positive Self-Image

PaTTAN - Online Course

Session Dates

Friday February 03, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course
Sunday June 18, 2023 - PaTTAN - Online Course

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

This course offers a framework and a process for systematically affirming and supporting the student in everyday interactions. For students who are deaf-blind, there is nothing more important for interveners or other communication partners to understand than how to build a trusting and supportive relationship with students. Establishing a trusting, safe relationship is a foundation for all intervention and teaching approaches with students who are deaf-blind.


Participants will:

  • Explain why trusted relationships and a positive self-image are the foundation for well-being and development.
  • Describe key strategies to create reciprocal interactions from a deaf-blind perspective.
  • List patterns in turn-exchanges for starting, maintaining, and ending interactions.
  • Predict indicators of a student’s processing time.
  • Match observations of a student with strategies to share emotions with him or her.
  • Describe specific strategies for establishing joint attention.

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.