Supporting Early Language Development with DIRⓇ & AAC
Tanna Neufeld, MS, CCC-SLP and Heidi Hosick, MS CCC-A/SLP
Starting Monday, April 3, 2023 at 7:30 pm Eastern Time
Scheduled Dates: 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24
4 sessions | 1.5 hours per session | Weekly
Online via Zoom
This four-part course for all skill levels will provide a framework to help attendees support the development of language and communication skills with AAC for children at the earliest stages of communication learning, through a DIRⓇ lens. Students will be encouraged to think about how the relationship-the “R” in DIRⓇ-encourages both the communicator and the communication partner to embrace a multi-modal system of communication tools and strategies that prioritizes connection. Thinking in terms of early, functional communication skills, this series will look at how partners can interweave AAC from an early age or stage to support ongoing language development for children at risk for significant, long-term communication challenges. This series will begin at the earliest stages of emotional and communication development, offering practical strategies to enhance communicative intent, shape non-symbolic communication, and immerse emerging communicators in rich language models during regulated moments. Learners will then explore strategies to recognize engagement in children who are learning to engage, and to build upon that engagement “sweet spot” when identifying key moments within which to provide aided language stimulation with AAC. As students shift their focus to more integration of symbol-based AAC for children progressing toward purposeful, two-way communication, strategies that strengthen the quality and quantity of communication exchanges using all forms of communication will be explored. This series will conclude by offering case-based, interactive discussions within which attendees can apply what they have learned thus far in the series and learn additional strategies to expand on initial connections and successes with their communicators.