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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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Parent-Coached Augmented Language Intervention for Toddlers MaryAnn Romski and Rose A. Sevcik

This webinar will provides an overview of the intervention outcomes of two clinical research studies with toddlers and their parents. It describes the role of receptive and expressive language skills in early language intervention, the importance of speech generating devices (SGD) in augmented language interventions, parents’ role in augmented language interventions, and the role of augmented language interventions in speech development.

Length: 1:10:13