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Regulation & Dysregulation Regulation Strategies

How does our mindset change when we stop viewing all student actions as volitional "behaviors" and deepen our understanding of regulation of the nervous system? Watch your free mini-lesson on Regulation, Dysregulation, and Regulation Strategies. Then keep scrolling for an amazing offer!

“Historically, nonspeaking autistics like me have been studied, as if from behind one-way glass. Our perplexing “behaviours” are so often
misinterpreted because our internal experiences are rarely heard... My system is so sensitive that the world feels like a minefield of unpredictable sounds, smells, and visual pain.”

- Damon K.

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Ready to make changes that will let you be a more confident, knowledgeable support for the nonspeaking people in your life?
Unlock both our Regulation & Dysregulation and Regulation Strategies modules!

Regulation Dysregulation Modules Access

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80

Access to two modules - Regulation & Dysregulation and Regulation Strategies

Valid until canceled

Module 7 - Regulation & Dysregulation (47 minutes)

Module 8 - Regulation Strategies (77 minutes)

Lifetime Access!

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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 co-regulation support for the nonspeaking people in your life?

Module Presenters

Alison Fellowes Comly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Brynn Forstner, Nonspeaking Autistic Student
Dr. Mona Delahooke, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Author
Sid Ghosh, Nonspeaking Autistic Student

Regulation & Dysregulation:
Module Objectives

  • Understand multiple causes of dysregulation

  • Differentiate between internal and external regulation 

  • Realize that “behaviors” may actually be the result of sensory/motor differences.

  • Identify the impact of dysregulation on communication

  • Recognize the difference between a calming stim and an interfering stim

  • Grow awareness of subtle cues that your student is becoming dysregulated

  • Explore the inner workings of our nervous system and discover how a dysfunctioning nervous system impacts our regulation 

  • Learn how the Polyvagal Theory relates to communication, connection, and learning

Regulation Strategies:
Module Objectives

  • Understand the role of a communication partner as a co-regulator

  • Acknowledge the role of fatigue in decreasing performance

  • Learn strategies to monitor fatigue and increase student stamina

  • Explore a variety of strategies to be an effective regulation partner for your student 

  • Define trauma-informed support practices and understand their role in educational settings

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 info@communicationforeducation.com
  • 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 info@communicationforeducation.com 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 info@communicationforeducation.com
  • 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 info@communicationforeducation.com
  • 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.

Regulation Dysregulation Modules Access

$80

80

Access to two modules - Regulation & Dysregulation and Regulation Strategies

Valid until canceled

Module 7 - Regulation & Dysregulation (47 minutes)

Module 8 - Regulation Strategies (77 minutes)

Lifetime Access!

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“Did you know that some anxiety is productive? You need to have some in order to react to danger. The problem comes when your body mistakes lots of things as danger. Then the anxiety goes into overdrive, and it is no longer productive. The thing is that you need the rational part of your brain to remind you there is not real danger, but that part has fled screaming to the exit. Forget logic. The panic is in control. To take control back alone is frankly impossible. I rely on someone supporting me to act as the thinker and holder of strategies. You need to build some good strategies and practice them when you’re not anxious. Since heat of panic may make it hard to use them, it’s a good idea to make sure your people know what helps.”

- Nick B.

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