Press Play: Explore and practice communication strategies that work!
The Children's Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi will host a one-day symposium for early intervention specialists and educators on Friday, November 11 – “Press Play: Explore and practice communication strategies that work.”
This day-long symposium will focus on children with complex communication needs, who require multiple modes of communication to participate in essential learning opportunities. The whole child, including parent and family interactions, are pertinent to the programming and implementation of educational goals.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn from The Children's Center's specialized therapy team through reviewing video case studies, as well as through participating in active and collaborative dialogue.
Case studies will cover multi-modal methods used to help children with complex communication needs and developmental disabilities. Children discussed in this workshop have a variety of diagnoses, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and developmental delays.
Case studies will also provide participants with the most current evidence-based information regarding augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) systems, AAC assessments, AAC goal writing, and AAC implementation across all settings.
Collaborative discussions will cover a multitude of commonly asked questions by professionals, such as:
- “Are there pre-requisites for beginning AAC?”
- “Do I start with pictures, switches, sign language, or an iPad app?”
- “What do I do if the child doesn’t have yes/no?”
The Children's Center Fall Symposium is hosted and presented by The Children’s Center specialized team of professionals; speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, early oral interventionists, an audiologist, behavioral psychologists, a special educator, and a social worker.
Who should attend?
The Center's Fall Symposium is built to help develop professional skills for early intervention specialists, speech-language pathologists, special educators, physical therapists and occupational therapists.
CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS
NOTE: Participants may be awarded CEUs for this symposium from only one organization.
This workshop is offered for up to .7 CEUs with American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and Educators (The University of Southern Mississippi).
Continuing Education Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures. There is no charge at this event for ASHA CEUs.
Application has been made for Continuing Education Units for the following professionals:
- Educators (The University of Southern Mississippi) - The cost for CEUs will be $20, and can be paid for at check-in on November 11.
ADA & DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS
The Children's Center's seminars and workshops are designed to help professionals working with young children with disabilities achieve improved performance. Our staff strives to keep abreast of current research and methodologies, providing programs to participants that make a difference in their practice. If for any reason a participant is not satisfied with the program, the participant shall notify the registrar of their intent to withdraw prior to the first morning break, turn in course materials and receive 100% refund, if applicable.
Should a participant have any concerns or complaints during or after the course, he/she may bring those to the attention of the CE Coordinator and/or Director of The Children's Center for Communication and Development by completing the Course Evaluation. Depending on the nature of the complaint, The Children's Center will try to resolve said complaint to the best of its ability. All complaints and suggestions will be noted for further course offerings.
Professional Conduct and Nondiscrimination Policies: The Children’s Center for Communication and Development will ensure that course instructors demonstrate high standards of professional conduct and will not discriminate against course participants on the basis of gender, age, socioeconomic or ethnic background, sexual orientation, or disability.
SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS (ADA COMPLIANCE) If a participant has a disability that qualifies under the Americans with Disabilities Act and requires accommodations, he or she should contact the The Children's Center two weeks prior to the workshop by mail at 118 College Drive #5092, Hattiesburg, MS 39406-0001; by phone at 601.266.5222; or by fax at 601.266.6566
The Children’s Center has in place guidelines whereby all instructors must disclose any relevant relationships.
Financial and Nonfinancial Disclosure Statements: Disclosure:
The Children's Center Staff --Financial: The Center Staff Members receive a salary from The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. Nonfinancial: Center Staff serve as supervisors for early oral intervention students at The Children’s Center.