Interest your Clients in Communication and Intervention to
Each of us have people, activities and subjects that we love to
talk about; they are interesting to us. Our clients (regardless of
age) are not exceptions to this rule. For some, their interests may
be broad while others may have a very narrow set of interests or
even just one. Some individuals may have had the same interests for
many years while others change from day-to-day.
Regardless of the characteristics of the interests, we can take
advantage of them to facilitate progress in our
interventions. The challenge to service
providers is often in the discovery of these interests.
In addition to offering support for understanding client
interests and outlining the benefits, this course will introduce
participants to a variety of available interest assessment tools and
strategies for clients of varying ages and diagnoses as well as
skills levels from mild to severe/profound. In particular,
orientation to the (free) Tobii Dynavox Interest Inventory will be
provided. Case studies will demonstrate practical use of the tool in
the context of intervention.
Bethany Diener, MS, CCC-SLP, has
specialized in AAC for 20 years working in hospitals, schools and
clinics. She has presented nationally, at the state level and
locally as well as publishing articles in Closing the Gap, Topics in
Stroke Rehabilitation and The Newsletter of the Illinois
Financial Disclosure: Bethany is a full time employee at
Non-financial Disclosure: Bethany has no
relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
This course is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level,
Professional area). CEUs will be available from April 3, 2015
through April 2, 2016.