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. 

This webinar 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 the hospital! 

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 behaviors. 

Learning Outcomes: 
1. Describe at least three types of behavioral supports that may provide opportunity to express a variety of communicative needs and organize thoughts. 
2. Match 1-2 AAC device features to each target area: social communication, expressive and receptive language and behavioral/emotional regulation. 
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 disclosures. 
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).

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