This series of professional development modules focuses on basic elements of supporting communication and language development in students who do not use oral speech and who also may have intellectual disabilities.
Not only is communication an essential building block for the development of language REQUIRED for access to the general curriculum, communication is an essential life skill. Student health and safety depends on the extent to which students have regularized gestures, symbols, and augmented or alternative forms of communication. Now more than ever before, technological enhancements make the goal of communication and language development achievable.
This series was produced by the University of Kentucky in partnership with the National Center State Collaborative (NCSC). The contents of this product were developed under a grant from the Department of Education.
Target Audience: special education teachers working in K-12 classrooms
The National Center and State Collaborative developed the Communication Tool Kit as a professional development resource for teachers and speech language pathologists serving students with disabilities who do not or do not yet use oral speech. This series of seven modules and an introductory Call to Action identifies the important features of high quality communication intervention. Communication intervention is essential for students who currently do not use oral speech and do not have regularized communication systems to access to the general curriculum in school.