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Communication Practice Strategies

The point of communication practice isn’t testing knowledge - it’s teaching motor and regulation skills for purposeful movement!

“Purposeful movement was impossible and it didn’t help that I was only given remedial and repetitive tasks to work on. I lived in a body that needed help but my mind was cognitively fine. Once I received the motor coaching that my body needed, my world lit up. I was finally able to show my interest, opinions, and knowledge.”
- Bella Santoyo

Ready to make changes that will let you be a more confident, knowledgeable support for the nonspeaking people in your life?
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We believe communication is a basic human right.

What can you expect
from our modules?

Listen to Nonspeaking Presenters

Our team at Communication for Education believes very deeply that any training created to support nonspeaking autistic people needs to be informed by their lived experiences and expertise. From its inception, our course has been designed to include the voices of nonspeakers, both as contributors and content reviewers.

Hear from Powerhouse Professionals

When we developed our training for folks supporting nonspeaking individuals, we knew that we needed to include as many lived experiences as possible, both from nonspeaking autistic individuals themselves and from a diverse group of thought leaders in the disability community. Our work is shaped by some incredibly knowledgeable and experienced professionals as well.

Download Course PDFs and Resources

Each module of our course offers pages of handouts in downloadable PDFs. You'll have access to key concepts from the module, words of wisdom from nonspeakers, and references for the research that supports the module, and lists for further reading from more books and websites.

Learn with our Team

Our core instructional team consists of Dr. Edlyn Peña, Lisa Mihalich Quinn, and Julie Sando. Together the three have trained more than 350 communication partners to serve nonspeaking students in educational, home, social, and community settings.

Ready to learn more about how you can be an effective support for the nonspeaking people in your life?

Module Presenters

Casey Woodfield, PhD, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary & Inclusive Education, Rowan University
Isabella Santoyo, Nonspeaking Autistic Student

Communication Practice Strategies:
Module Objectives

  • View models of varied methods of communication practice

  • Learn ways to adapt classroom materials for specific communication practice

  • Understand methods of scaffolding responses

  • Implement learned methods into outside-the-classroom communication practice

  • Analyze the function of increased prompting and use of low-demand tasks when learning new skills

Unlock the Entire Course

Want to learn about more than just this one topic?

All of our full course options offer you:

  • 15 modules packed with in-depth learning

  • example videos of students and communication partners in action

  • over 250 pages of downloadable resources

Our live / hybrid model offers you:

  • 8 weeks of live online classes with course instructors

  • weekly homework tailored to course instruction

  • cohort discussion board

  • feedback on one submitted video

  • What is Communication For Education's online course?
    Our course is a training program for communication partners who work for, and with, students using text-based multimodal AAC in educational settings. We recognize that many students do not participate in traditional school settings, so this training is appropriate for those who support nonspeakers in all educational environments, including homeschool situations and private schools. While our team is based in the United States, we work with schools around the world to train communication partners.
  • What content does the course cover?
    Our course addresses core competencies for educators and related professionals who support text-based multimodal communication of non-speaking autistic individuals. Multimodal communication can include typing on a keyboard or communication device, pointing to letters on a laminated letter board or alphabet board, or pointing to text-based choices. The course will address best practices for developing a partnership between communication partners and autistic individuals by fostering understanding of presumption of competence, apraxia, emotional and physical regulation strategies, and varied communication strategies. You can view our course outline here.
  • What is the Live Course format?
    The course consists of 15 modules in which course instructors provide instruction, examples, and modeling of course competencies. During an 8-week period, participants watch prerecorded modules each week and then participate in weekly live online sessions to receive further instruction and engage in discussion. The live course features monitored homework assignments, an online community discussion group, weekly accountability, and feedback for one video submission.
  • What is the Self-Paced Course format?
    We offer three self-paced options. Lifetime Access allows you access to recorded modules, PDFs, weekly activities, and self-reflections. You can go at your own pace without pressure to finish at a pre-determined date. Lifetime Access Team Training allows 5 individual licenses to access the recorded modules, PDFs, weekly activities, and self-reflections. Your team can go at their own pace. When a team member leaves, you can transfer one license to another user for a small fee. 16-Week Access allows you access to the same recorded modules with weekly activities and self-reflections as our lifetime option, but sets an end date to your access. This option is good for folks who may need a deadline to hold themselves accountable or who are looking for a more budget-conscious option. Utilize the end date to inspire course completion! Self-paced courses do not include access to our live courses, online discussion groups, supervised homework, or video feedback. Join our self-paced classes here.
  • I am a parent / homeschool educator / home support person / work in a private practice. Can I take this training?
    Absolutely! We recognize that there are many different types of educational environments that support nonspeaking autistic students, including home and community settings! Although this course speaks mostly to "in-school" experiences, the principles and instruction can be applied to any learning environment.
  • Do you offer custom training for school systems?
    We do! If a school system has a group of 6 or more participants, we can help set up a custom course section, discussion group and private weekly classes. Having a group composed just of one system allows us to dive more deeply into specific issues impacting you and your students. We invite schools to download our School Info Guide here. If your school wishes to set up a custom 8 week training class or explore alternate training models, please send us an email at
  • Who from our school should take this training?
    We have found that having a diverse group of participants can be helpful for a school team to build their institutional capacity to support nonspeaking students in the long term. This group could include anyone directly working with nonspeaking students (EA/paraeducator), special education teachers, general education teachers, OTs, SLPs, etc. We also have had district administrators present in our trainings.
  • What information can I give to our school or district administrators?
    We encourage you to download and share our course info guide, list of professional contributor bios, and the course research reference list to share with your schools and administrators who are looking for more information.
  • Can I earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for these courses?
    Yes! Participants in our live classes who satisfactorily complete all required course components are eligible to apply for two (2) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). A $39 processing fee will apply. Additionally, SLPs who have participated in our past sessions have told us they are able to count the hours from the live classes as Professional Development Hours for ASHA. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer CEUs for participants in our self-paced courses.
  • Can I earn graduate credit for this course?
    We are unable to offer graduate credit for this course. You can earn Continuing Education Credits only.
  • Do you accept alternate funding sources?
    We do our best to accommodate requests to use alternate funding sources (self-determination funding, homeschool vendor programs, outside scholarships, etc.) but cannot guarantee we will be able to accept all forms of payment. To inquire about a specific alternate funding source, please email with all details involved for that source (e.g., vendor packets, tax forms, invoicing procedures). We will evaluate the information and be in touch within 3-5 business days.
  • Do you offer group rates?
    We do! We offer group rates for groups of 6 or more. for our live class. We are also able to create custom sections for groups (school systems, home teams, etc.) who are registering 6 or more participants. If you wish to inquire about a custom live class for a group or for group rates in general, please email us at
  • Do you accept purchase orders?
    We do accept purchase orders for custom group trainings or for schools wishing to register employees for our general live course sections. Payment must be received in full prior to the course start date. If you wish to register a participant with a purchase order, please send us an email at
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    Since 2023, we have been able to offer more than $30,000 in grants and scholarships to individuals and school teams thanks to generous funding from the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University, REV AccessAbility, and the Eugene B. Casey Foundation. We are committed to continued efforts to make our training more accessible for educators and parents. Scholarship opportunities are dependent on sponsorships and fluctuate in funding amount, number available, and selection criteria. You can view current scholarship opportunities here. If you would like to contribute to organizations that have sponsored grants and scholarships, you can donate to the Autism and Communication Center at California Lutheran University or REV AccessAbility.
  • Can I book a personal consultation with one of the course instructors?
    Limited personal consultation and individualized coaching is available at this time. You can review openings and book a consult using this link.

Communication Practice Module Access



Access a single module - Communication Practice Strategies - from our full course.

Valid until canceled

Module 11 - Communication Practice Strategies (66 minutes)

Lifetime Access!

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“Being open-minded and admitting that the brain is vast and mysterious is required, in my opinion, by anyone who works with autistic people. Give people with autism the benefit of the doubt. Speak normally. Teach grade level lessons in school.”
- Ido Kedar

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