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Resources to Support the Complex Communication Needs (CCN) Population

Complex Communication Needs (CCN)

Children and youth with complex communication needs (CCN) benefit from assistive technology and augmentative and alternative communication to support communication and language development. Students who have complex communication needs are unable to communicate effectively using speech alone. They and their communication partners may benefit from using alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) methods, either temporarily or permanently.

AAC systems of communication do not rely on speech. Children and youth who require AAC may have some speech but not enough to meet their daily needs. AAC systems may be used to augment existing communication skills or provide an alternative to speech.

These resources are intended to provide professional learning for professionals working with children and youth in the complex communication needs population.

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Webinar: Issues and Trends in AAC Interventions for People with ASD – In Conversation with Dr. Ganz

How we can use naturalistic aided AAC instruction and parent and peer-mediated interventions to support communication and language development for children and youth with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who also have complex communication needs. Potential topics of discussion include the necessity of involvement of family members in AAC intervention, a focus on functional language in natural contexts, and using multiple modes of communication in developing communication in this population.

Length: 1:05:09