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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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Strategies for Supporting AAC Team Buy-In and Implementation (CCN) with Lauren Enders

Even when teachers, therapists, and other team members have the opportunity to learn about best practices in AAC, many find it challenging to successfully implement AAC as a team. Those implementing AAC may become comfortable with selecting appropriate systems, acquiring those systems and even customizing them, but can feel somewhat lost when it comes to supporting AAC implementation consistently across the educational environment. In this webinar, we will review creative ideas and resources for encouraging and supporting AAC implementation as a cohesive educational team (with a focus on core vocabulary principles and aided language stimulation).

Length: 1:02:48