Series Title: Assessment Driven Communication Intervention for Learners with Significant Disabilities
Date: April 30, 2019
Time: 4:00-6:00 Mountain / 3:00-5:00 Pacific
Presented By: Philip Schweigert, M.Ed.
Session 1: Recognizing the Communication Abilities of Learners with Significant Disabilities
o The first session will focus on assessing levels of communication for learners at the non-symbolic or early symbolic level of communication. The Communication Matrix will be used to review the assessment process and how to target levels for instruction and programming.
Session 2: Expanding the Communicative Competence of the Pre-Symbolic Learner
o The second session will discuss the difference between intentional and intentionally communicative behaviors in learners at the pre-symbolic levels of communication. Students will be presented with a variety of examples of learners at various pre-symbolic stages and intervention strategies to further their communicative abilities.
Session 3: Promoting Progress for the Emergent Symbolic Learner
o The final session will discuss the transition from pre-symbolic to emerging symbolic communication and describe interventions designed to promote the learner’s continued progress at this stage of expressive communication development.