Jun 20

Teaching Movement for Communication: assessing AAC for children, 5-day training

June 20 - 24, 2022

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Course Description:
For some children with complex communication needs, it is the method of accessing the Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) system that is significantly affecting their development of intelligible, autonomous communication. These children, who have significant physical and/or sensory challenges, often need to learn movements to access (electronic and non-electronic) AAC systems, produce early communication signals, gestures or signs. This intensive five-day workshop will provide participants with an in-depth opportunity to explore the movement differences associated with cerebral palsy, other significant neurological movement impairments (e.g., Rett Syndrome, Pitt Hopkins, and Cri Du Chat), and severe sensory processing challenges. There will be a focus on identifying these posture and movement challenges in relation to their impact on communication development, assessment and intelligibility. A range of strategies and a process to teach movements for communication will be demonstrated.

Sponsored by the Assistive Technology Unit at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Institute on Disability and Human Development.  Funding provided in whole or in part by The Autism Program of Illinois and the IL Department of Human Services.

Limited seating.  Early bird registration deadline is April 15, 2022.


Maura Zigmont