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.
What is the 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 questions and answers. Participants can also interact in a discussion board to connect with each other.
What information can I give my school administrators?
We can work with schools and districts to customize training plans. Please feel free to download our school information guide and share with your administration.
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 the link below.
When does the course begin?
After a successful pilot session in Spring 2022, we made course revisions and launched to a wider audience in Fall 2022. Our winter session is now in progress. Be sure that you're on our email list for updates on our next session later this spring.
Can I earn Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) for this course?
Participants who satisfactorily complete all required course components are eligible to apply for two (2) Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Processing fees may apply.
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.