Strategies to Enhance Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication Skills
Overview of communication as a core deficit for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Discussion of forms of communication and pragmatic functions to teach.
Presentation of techniques to facilitate verbalizations such as hand cues, signing and visual supports.
Presentation of visual strategies to facilitate understanding of language.
Video samples of strategies used to teach a variety of pragmatic functions including requesting, protesting/rejecting, labeling, commenting, greeting, asking and answering questions.
Materials and resources displayed and discussed.
Sign Language for Individuals with Autism
An overview of research supporting the efficacy of sign language will be presented.
The benefits of teaching sign language will be discussed
Functional signs will be practiced and handouts of these signs will be provided.
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Strategies
An overview of augmentative and alternative communication strategies will be presented.
Sign language, picture communication boards, PECS, as well as high tech systems will be discussed.
Pros and cons of the various communication systems will be discussed.
Enhancing Communication in the Natural Environment
Presentation of strategies to promote joint attention, social engagement and language during familiar routines.
Discussion of playful ways to use the consistency of repetitive activities to enhance both receptive and expressive language.
Hands-on learning and video samples will be used to demonstrate techniques to teach language in naturally occurring activities.
Supervision and Leadership: Cultivating a Passion for the Process
This workshop is a development course for staff that work or may work in a supervisory position.
Discussion of the difference between supervision and leadership.
Learn to identify and become more aware of your own attitudes and practices in regards to supervising or being supervised.
Explore effective strategies for facilitating open communication, dynamic problem solving, staff empowering, and a commitment to ongoing growth.
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