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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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Classroom-based Communication Instruction: Project Core Overview and Year 2 Insights with Lori Geist

Archived webinar from January 24, 2018.

The session will report on Project Core, a multi-year effort aimed at developing an implementation program for teaching students with significant disabilities to use symbolic language using a core vocabulary approach to augmentative and alternative communication. The program’s Universal Core vocabulary and evidence-based teaching practices are integrated into common instructional routines and daily activities that occur in the classroom. The program has been implemented and evaluated in more than 25 classrooms to date.

In this webinar, we will review the current set of free professional development modules, planning resources and tools, and present data reflecting teacher and student outcomes from year 2 of the project. The project is funded through a Stepping Up Technology Implementation grant from the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

Length: 1:03:41