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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 Pt. 1: Planning for Communication in the Classroom with Kelly Fonner

Training on the basics of ECT and the common solutions to classroom communication that it can provide. You will be taken through the process of identifying “ECT” students and looking at classroom activities as to the type of communication opportunity it provides to students with complex communication needs who typically are already identified, provided with some type of an AAC app/system, but have yet to use that on a regular basis. Examples through information and video will be used to develop an understanding of communicative requirements of educational, vocational, and community activities. Teams will begin the process of choosing an activity and be provided with information on how to script an activity.

Length: 1:01:58

Download ECT Webinar Part1 Handout