NEC Paraprofessional/Intervener Training

From a previous training
July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to July 26, 2019 - 12:30pm
Grousbeck Center
United States
55 Beechwood Ave
Watertown, MA 02472

Paraprofessionals working with children and youth with combined vision and hearing impairment (deafblindness) are often in need of specialized training in order to support instruction and learning. This training will provide an overview of the key areas that should be addressed for all learners who are deafblind or at risk, and will also incorporate initial training for those wishing to become an Intervener.

What is an Intervener? An Intervener is a trained staff member who works one-on-one with a child who is deafblind to provide critical connections to other people and the environment. The Intervener opens channels of communication between the child and others, provides access to information, and facilitates opportunities for learning and development.

What is the importance of an Intervener? Deafblindness creates unique and complex challenges caused by the combined effect of both vision and hearing loss. These challenges are mainly in the area of communication, concept development, and social/emotional development. An intervener responds to these challenges by serving as a bridge to the world for the child who is deafblind.

Provided by NEC:

  • Mileage reimbursement
  • Lunch and Dinner on July 24th and 25th
  • Continental Breakfast Days July 24-26th
  • Accommodations available on a first-come-first-serve basis
  • and Certificate of Attendance


  1. Submission of Application Form
  2. FULL Attendance (3 days)
  3. Completion of Training Survey

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Training Schedule

Day 1: Wednesday, July 24th — 10 AM – 5 PM

  • Introduction to Deafblindness and Intervention (taught by Cathy Lyle and Tina Hertzog; Tracey Frederick)
  • The Role of the Paraprofessional/Intervener
  • Intervention Strategies

Day 2: Thursday, July 25th — 9 AM – 5 PM

  • Morning Session
    • Hearing and Vision Loss: Impact of Deafblindness on Learning (taught by Tina Hertzog)
    • Working lunch – Simulation and Small Group Breakout
  • Afternoon Session
    • Communication and the Learner who is Deafblind (taught by Cathy Lyle and Tracy Evans Luiselli)

Day 3: Friday, July 26 — 9 AM – 12:30 PM

  • Concept Development (Tina Hertzog and Tracey Frederick)

ACCOMMODATIONS: Contact Linh Tran if you need a room via or phone (617) 972-7515

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Event Date: 
July 24, 2019 - 10:00am to July 26, 2019 - 12:30pm
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