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Course Duration: May 26 - August 14, 2020

Course Descriptions 

Professional Development: Serving Students with Sensory Disabilities and Complex Needs

Registration Deadline: May 22

It can be difficult to find training, education and best practice classroom strategies for students who have sensory difficulties and complex needs. Through a collaboration between the University of South Dakota, the South Dakota Deaf-Blind Project and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness, online professional development opportunities for teachers and related service providers is offered, with a variety of credit options available. Although the information is geared toward Deaf-Blindness, much of what is learned can be applied to students with severe disabilities/complex needs. This training is available for both in-state and out-of-state participants.

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In-State Registration

Out-of-State Registration

Series 1: Introduction to Sensory Disabilities

The first four modules provide a solid foundation and understanding of Sensory Impairment (including those experienced by students with Deaf-Blindness and/or Complex Needs) and its impact on the brain and learning. You will also learn about the importance of developing trusting relationships and other helpful strategies to enhance learning.

Although the information is geared toward Deaf-Blindness, much of it can be applied to students with severe disabilities/complex needs.

*This series is a prerequisite to the remaining series.

Exceptions may apply with approval.

Series 2: Communication Strategies

The foundation of this series is that All Students Communicate! Learn how to progress students from Emergent Communication through Symbolic.

Series 3: Instructional Strategies (A)

Routines, Concept Development, Active Learning & Calendars are all crucial in the learning and development of students with significant disabilities.

Series 5: Instructional Strategies (C)

Orientation and Mobility for Interveners and Touch for Connecting Learning and Communication are covered in this series.

Series 7: Wrapping Up

Learn about Collaborative Teaming and Family Partnerships as you wrap up all 27 modules in this short series.

*Series 1-3 are offered every semester (Fall, Spring & Summer). Series 4-7 are offered on a rotating basis

Who should join us?

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech Language Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Deaf/Hard of Hearing Teachers
  • Interveners
  • Interpreters
  • Parens
  • Administrators/Directors


Rose Moehring
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439

Brandy Sebera
SD Deaf-Blind Program
Phone: 605-357-1439