This job aid, adapted from a webinar in April 2018, focuses on the use of the Early Intervention Communication Plan to support children who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf blind.


No credit hours

Intended Audience:  

Early Intervention Professionals, Early Care and Education Professionals and Families

Registration: Login information will be required. When you click on the Get Started button below, you will be redirected to our Training site. If you already have a username and password, you will be able to login using your existing account. If you do not have an account, you will be able to create one.

Note: this is the job aid resource, NOT the course with credit. If you need credit hours, go back to the Professional Development page and look for "Supporting Young Children Who are Deaf-Blind."

The purpose of this job aid is to provide background information about deaf-blindness, explore considerations for children who have combined hearing and vision loss, and lead you through a variety of resources.  This information is from a webinar recorded on March 29, 2016, for Pennsylvania Part C early intervention providers. This presentation is approximately 90 minutes long, but is presented in topics so you can find resources as you need them.


No Credit Hours

Intended Audience

EI Professionals


No registration required

This course provides a foundation for understanding deafness and hearing loss in young children under the age of five and how early detection can benefit a child’s development over a lifetime. It provides an overview of the first steps to identifying concerns and then connecting families to services and resources. Emphasis is on understanding, screening, testing, service provider roles, and empowering families to support their child with hearing loss or deafness. 

This online course introduces participants to deaf-blindness, its causes, and the impact of a combined vision and hearing loss on the development of very young children. Support of child-specific needs as well as collaboration between families and agencies will be addressed. The importance of routines, touch, and wait time for young children who are deaf-blind and potential modifications for the home environment will be presented. Resources will be explored throughout the course. 

2 Act 48 or Infant/Toddler Clock Hours

Intended Audience
Early Intervention service coordinators, providers, teachers of the deaf and hard of hearing, teachers of the visually impaired, early childhood education teachers, speech and language therapists, audiologists, special health care needs consultants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, and parents of infants and young children who are deaf-blind or at risk for deaf-blindness.

This course is available by registering on the PaTTAN online registration Training Calendar. Choose the month you would like to take the course then click on the course title listed on the 1st day of that month.  Note: course registration is only available during the month preceding the course opening date.  You cannot pre-register for a course more than a month ahead of time. You need to register before the 25th day of the month to enroll for the following month.