Behavior is Communication – Let’s support it!
Meet Kreed - a typical teenager who likes french fries, pizza,
movies and going out into the community. Kreed also has Autism and
uses his communication device in every situation. In fact, he will
not leave home or get out of the car without it. He knows it is his
voice and wants to use it.
will focus on how you can use behavior supports to help an AAC user
to more fully communicate. Social stories, schedules and other
important behavior supports helps the AAC user learn to
organize thoughts and make more sense of
chaotic situations such as transitions during the day and visits to
Through video and discussion, we will
learn how Kreed uses behavior supports to help navigate this
somewhat chaotic world, help him expand vocabulary and understand
new situations using communication rather than maladaptive
1. Describe at
least three types of behavioral supports that may provide
opportunity to express a variety of communicative needs and organize
2. Match 1-2 AAC device features to each target
area: social communication, expressive and receptive language and
3. Summarize 1-2 teaching
strategies to target behavioral/emotional regulation.
Presented by: Erin Polk, M.Ed., BCBA
Erin has over 13 years of clinical
experience working with individuals with autism and the last 7
specializing in integrating AAC devices into family's lives. She is
a supervising BCBA at The Family Support Center/Haven Behavioral
Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is also parent to Kreed, a
17 year old with autism who uses the Dynavox T10 with Compass in
his daily life which they document on social media.
Financial Disclosure: Erin has no relevant financial
Non-financial Disclosure: Erin has no relevant
non-financial relationships to disclose.
This course is
offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)
from May 9, 2015 through May 8, 2016.
Because of the
unique characteristics of our product(s), this presentation will
focus exclusively on Tobii Dynavox Compass and will not include
information on other similar communication or educational product(s).