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Facilitating Early Communication Development in Children with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities


Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

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Contact Hours: 12.25
Cost: $300
Registration deadline:
May 30, 2014

Instructors: Nancy Brady, Ph.D. CCC-Spp & Stephanie Meehan, M.A., CCC-SLP

Nancy C. Brady, PhD. CCC-Speech, has conducted research on early language and communication development in children and adults with disabilities for 25 years. Her research has focused on stages of Prelinguistic development, teaching beginning AAC, and pragmatic aspects of early communication. She has studied children and adults with developmental disabilities, including children with autism, fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and deaf-blindness. Her publications include over 40 peer journal articles and book chapters.

Stephanie Meehan, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Ph.D. student at the University of Kansas. Her primary research interest is in augmentative and alternative communication. She expects her long-term line of research to focus on what contributes to long term positive outcomes for AAC users, language development, and inclusive practices for school-based speech language pathologists.

Course Objectives: Individuals with Severe Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities often communicate without speech. In this course we will describe assessment strategies that describe current forms and functions of communication observed in individuals who may have disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism, deaf-blindness, fragile X syndrome, as well as intellectual disabilities. Interventions that promote these current communication strategies while also teaching new skills in AAC will be demonstrated. We will emphasize promoting communication across contexts, with multiple communication partners and over the lifespan.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe strategies to assess intentional communication using scripted assessments, interviews, and observations.
  • Become familiar with a new scale used to describe early communication, the Communication Complexity Scale (CCS).
  • Describe strategies for promoting AAC communication using gestures, signs, PECS, iPads, and other speech generating devices in early communicators.
  • Be aware of procedural differences that may optimize results for specific populations including individuals with autism, fragile X syndrome, deaf-blindness, and severe physical disabilities.
  • Become familiar with strategies to promote communication across multiple environments and with multiple partners.
  • Become familiar with the concept of self-determiniation and strategies to teach it to children who use AAC.
  • Become familiar with the use of "core vocabulary" in beginning AAC.


Day 1  
8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-10:15 What is early communication in children?
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00   Assessment strategies focusing on early communication and transition into symbolic communication
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-3:00 Description of the Communication Complexity Scale
3:00-3:15 Break
3:15-5:00 Interventions focusing on improving child communication
Day 2  
8:30-10:15 Interventions focusing on transitions to AAC
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Interventions to improve the communication environment
12:00-1:15 Lunch
1:15-3:30 What is self determination


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made 30 days or more prior to the first day of the workshop require a non-refundable administrative fee of $35.  Cancellations between 7 and 29 days prior to the workshop will be charged a minimum of 50% of the original workshop fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within one week of the workshop.

LifeScape reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any workshop.  A workshop may be cancelled that does not meet minimum registration requirements or due to inclement weather.  If LifeScape cancels a workshop, paid registrants will be given full refunds.  Rescheduled workshop information will be posted at www.cchs.org. In case of inclement weather, please use your own judgment when deciding to travel. Please contact Kristin Cokens, Training Coordinator, at 444-9513 and refund decisions will be made on an individual basis.  

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Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 8:30 AM - Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 3:30 PM (CDT)

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