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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. 3: Environmental Communication Teaching (ECT) with Kelly Fonnor

Participants were encouraged to have looked through videos of their student in a chosen activity that has been recorded throughout the school year prior to the webinar to have a sense of what data they may be able to represent. Kelly gives a variety of ways in which to analyze that information. Communicative functions can be charted through a variety of ways including graphing based upon opportunity, occurrence or independence in production. Examples are demonstrated through video and charts that can be modified by teams to be used at their own local site. This webinar will be most meaningful to those who have followed the ECT process. It will be difficult for someone to just take this webinar alone and have the data collection process be meaningful without knowing the ECT process itself.

Length: 1:00:28