*Notes: Attendees will receive 4.0 contact hours (.4 CEUs). The presenter is a board-approved continuing professional development provider in California.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Children who present with complex communication needs (CNN) along with vision, hearing, and sensory-motor issues present educators and support staff with a unique challenge. Typically, it is easier to see what a child cannot do rather than what they are able to do. The Communication Matrix was first published in 1990 and was revised in 1996 and 2004 by Dr. Charity Rowland of Oregon Health & Science University. It is a tool that was designed to pinpoint how an individual is communicating and provide a framework from which to consider logical next steps when crafting communication goals during the IEP team process. The Communication Matrix offers a clear way to organize observations of a child’s emergent communication abilities and from which to consider communication partner strategies for growth. The results are represented in a concise visual format which offers team members a focal point at the IEP meeting for discussion.
Karen Natoci has been using The Communication Matrix since 2002 and received direct training from Dr. Charity Rowland and Philip Schweigert through the Design-to-Learn Outreach Program. During today’s presentation, Karen will review all of the components of The Communication Matrix. Emphasis will be on emergent communicators and the cohesive implementation of receptive strategies to promote the learner’s advancement on the Matrix. The Matrix is a roadmap for beginning communicators, especially those beginning with AAC and have multiple sensory challenges. You will leave with a clear understanding of the Matrix along with a few concrete ideas to implement immediately in your setting (home, clinic, education.)