Emergent communicators with complex communication needs (CCN) often present a unique challenge for SLPs, educators, and related service providers. These students do not yet use symbolic communication modes, and often rely on highly familiar partners to interpret their intents. Emergent communicators are a diverse group with distinct interests, abilities, experiences, and potentials. Individuality and student-centered practices must be honored as we work with these unique learners.
This presentation will focus on frameworks and strategies for success and growth in communicative competence for emergent communicators, beginning with dynamic assessment and goal setting. Participants will learn specific strategies for the design and implementation of interventions to develop communicative competence with beginning communicators, including the appropriate selection of AAC and AT tools and ways to promote partner training and authentic peer interactions.