2020-2021 Taking the Next Step with Complex Communicators: Strategies for Implementing Communication Supports Throughout the Day

Do you have a student who has received a brand new AAC device and are not sure how he/she is going to use the system throughout the day? Do you have a student that has a device that he/she doesn’t use as much as they could? Or maybe you have a student who benefits from classroom-based communication support for specific activities, but you\\\'re looking for more? Supporting students using AAC can be an overwhelming task, but with careful consideration and planning, implementation of communication supports doesn’t have to be so daunting. This workshop will review the primary goals of AAC and will provide participants with the helpful tools and strategies to successfully integrate AAC throughout a student’s day. By the end of this session, participants will be able to: State at least three considerations that encourage effective communication for individuals with Complex Communication Needs (CCN). Describe the steps of the Dynamic Problem Solving Process. Identify a communication implementation plan that may work for the individual with CCN whom they support. Describe at least two communication partner strategies that may be included in an implementation plan. This session is geared towards Assistive Technology Professionals, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, Occupational/Physical Therapists, or anyone else who works with students who benefit from communication supports or have complex communication needs.

Satisfactory Completion: Credit for attending a course is based on your signature on the sign in sheet as well as sign out sheet. Participants are expected to attend the entire session to earn credit. Partial attendance may result in partial or no PD credit. All participants must complete an evaluation of the class within two weeks of the session or final session to be sent a certificate.
Cost Information: Workshop fees are waived for NSSED employees, Member District* employees, and parents of students in our member districts. For individual participants who do not meet the above criteria, this course participation fee is $75.00. All Registration or material fees will be billed directly to the school district that employs the participant after the session is complete or the first session in a series is complete. Individuals are asked to not bring payment to the session.
Cancellations: There is no cancellation fee, though we ask for advanced notice to open the spot for another person. NSSED reserves the right to cancel any workshop due to low enrollment.
Refunds: NSSED does not charge prior to the start of the course. If an individual attends the first day of a learning series but is unable to attend the remaining sessions, the school district that employs the participant is able to designate an alternate person. It is up the individual no longer attending the program to give their replacement the information learned in the first session. *Member Districts include:
    Northbrook 27, Northbrook 28, Sunset Ridge 29, Glenview/Northbrook 30, West Northfield 31, Glenview 34, Glencoe 35, Winnetka 36, Kenilworth 38, Lake Bluff 65, Lake Forest 67, Bannockburn 106, Deerfield 109, North Shore 112, Township HS 113, Lake Forest 115, New Trier 203, Glenbrook 225.

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5.00 ISBE (PEL) ELIS
5.00 Physical Therapy CEU IDFPR
5.00 Occupational Therapy CEU IDFPR
5.00 Registered Social Worker CEU IDFPR
5.00 SLP/ Audiology CEU IDFPR

Fee: $0.00
Note: See course description for fee information
Max. 15 seats