Description: Two-day workshops present non-traditional assessment and
intervention strategies appropriate for the development of communication
in individuals having severe multiple differences, developmental
differences, and/or autism. Information is relevant to the needs of those
individuals who are currently unable to communicate their wants and
needs spontaneously in their environment, regardless of age or severity of
physical and/or cognitive differences. Techniques incorporate current
research in the areas of communication, education and sensory
Participants will be able to:
- distinguish language from communication and understand the
prerequisite skills necessary for each.
recognize and assess abilities rather than disabilities through a process
oriented assessment approach.
- design an effective individualized communication program that builds on
the abilities identified through the Every Move Counts assessment
- effectively integrate communication training into daily activities by
providing appropriate choice-making opportunities.
- progress through a hierarchy of alternate and augmentative
communication systems in order to identify and provide the system that
best meets an individual's needs and abilities.
Format: Workshop includes formal presentation, discussion, videotape
and live demonstration. Presentation will cover assessment and program
development, implementation an evaluation.
Target Audience: Workshop is appropriate for professionals including
speech/language pathologists, special education classroom teachers,
occupational therapists, physical therapists, QMRP's, vision therapists,
direct care staff, paraprofessionals and parents who live and work with
the target population.
"This has been the best conference (most useful) I think I have every
been to — what a super neat idea and presentation. I liked having the kids
come in so we could have real live examples." ... Early childhood
Handicapped Teacher, Great Bend, KS
"One of the most informative, well-organized and presented workshops
I've every attended! Having SMH children actually come for us to observe
assessment really put the information we've been exposed to on an
empirical level." ... Special Education, Kindergarten/1st Grade
"This is the best program I've been to in years for acquiring information
on SMH children at the level I work with. Most workshops only give me a
small amount of info I can use. Very few workshops give you a ground
zero starting point." ... Physical Therapist, Oakley, KS
"Will be very useful with my son." ... Parent
"Your team has been extremely helpful and your program really provides a
whole new outlook on communicating with these children." ...Speech
Language Pathologist, Independence, KS
A sensory based approach to communication
and assistive technology for individuals with
significant sensory motor differences,
developmental differences and autism.
Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats
EMC Communications, Inc.
February 16, March 9, April 13
Mizzou Therapy Services, Columbia MO