Open Hands Open Access: Deaf-Blind Intervention Modules
Module 06: Understanding Communication Principles
PaTTAN - Online Course
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.
A key role of the intervener is to provide access to communication and
assist in the development of a student´s communication skills. This course and the next one (Module 7) are designed to help you begin to gain the knowledge and skills you need to carry out this important role. Together, the two courses provide an introduction to emergent communicators who are deaf-blind. "Emergence" means a gradual beginning or coming forth. A rising to the surface. The focus of these modules is how to help communication emerge in students who are deaf-blind. They build on information provided in Module 4 - Building Trusted Relationships.
- Define and demonstrate the terms “communication form,” “sensory mode,” “communication function,” “expressive and receptive communication.”
- Examine the role of the intervener as a competent communication partner for students who are deaf-blind and be able to identify strategies that encourage communication.
- Identify students with deaf-blindness as always expressing themselves in meaningful, concrete, and purposeful ways from their deaf-blind perspective and that this expression is the starting point for communication development.
- Critique how the presence of an intervener alters the intent of a student’s behavior.
- Use video analysis forms to gather information about a student’s communication, develop insight into a student’s communication, and assist other educational team members with communication assessment and IEP development.
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.