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**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901409

Half-Day Workshop

Seminar: Using the Communication Matrix to Structure Intervention

Communication is a right for any person. Many students with significant disabilities struggle with developing language. Many families and teachers have difficulty understanding their communicative attempts, and that behavior IS communication. There are many ways individuals can communicate their wants and needs, including sign language, pictures, and gestures. The Communication Matrix is a tool that assesses expressive communication for not only spoken language but also alternative forms for beginning communicators, regardless of their age. These are individuals who have communication skills that typical developing individuals exhibit between birth and 24 months of age.

Participants will learn how to administer and interpret the Communication Matrix, as well as introducing participants to the Communication Matrix Intervention Modules which are located on the West Virginia Department of Education website. The modules include the Foundation and Essential Strategies and a separate intervention module for each of the 7 levels of the Communication Matrix. These sessions will cover the material included in the Foundations and Essential Strategies allowing the participants to interact with this material in small groups. The modules are designed to assist teams in creating and supporting communication across environments and with multiple communication partners. Participants will learn how to use these modules to create evidence-based communication intervention for individuals with complex communication needs. The modules are filled with many instructional strategies that will help teams implement effective practices to develop more proficient communication. Strategies that will be covered include developing relationships and responsive and supportive environments, the use of routines and wait time, as well as specific instructional strategies including touch cues and object cues. After completing these workshops, participants will have access to the seven intervention modules and resources that are web based.

Dates:12 and 14 Mar 2024 (Tue and Thu)
Time:8.30am – 12.30pm (Singapore Standard Time GMT+0800)
Venue:Live Online Training
Nancy Steele

Nancy Steele is an Educational Consultant, with expertise in children with significant disabilities. She was a Project Specialist for the National Center on Deaf-Blindness for 14 years. She served as the Lead on the Literacy Initiative, which included development of the website "All Children Can Read." She also worked on the Open Hands, Open Access Intervener Modules. Prior to that, she taught deaf and deaf-blind children in Kentucky for 17 years.

Karen Haines

Karen B. Haines is a speech-language pathologist who has worked in the public schools, an acute care hospital, and as a Teaching Associate Professor and Speech Clinic Coordinator for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at West Virginia University. She recently retired from WVU after 39 years; although, she remains active in the field particularly in the area of AAC. She continues to teach graduate level AAC coursework and to provide AAC consulting services. She also teaches professional development coursework in Assistive Technology and AAC in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Education.

Course Outline Session 1 (4 hours)
  1. Introduction to the Communication Matrix
  2. Discussion of who benefits from the Communication Matrix
  3. Administration and interpretation of the Communication Matrix
  4. Introduction to the Communication Matrix Intervention Modules – The Foundation
Course Outline Session 2 (4 hours)
  1. Interpreting Communication Matrix Profile
  2. Introduction to the Essential Strategies for intervention
  3. Introduction to the Communication Matrix Intervention Modules (Levels I - VII)
  4. Question and Answers
Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe individuals who would benefit from the Communication Matrix
  • Administer the Communication Matrix
  • Interpret the Communication Matrix Profile
  • Describe intervention strategies that might benefit beginning communicators
  • Describe how to use the Communication Matrix modules to design communication intervention
Who Can Benefit?

This workshop is appropriate for:

  • Family Members
  • Special Educators (Working with severe and profound/individuals with complex communication needs)
  • Support Workers
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Psychologists

As a Speech-Language Pathologist, this will allow me to have more confidence to be able to successfully execute the Communication Matrix to help my students with complex communication needs and formulate appropriate individualized goals and effective communication intervention.

Love the intervention tips that correspond to the Communication Matrix. I appreciate the detailed description of the assessment and modules. This will help me to encourage the whole team to look at communication skills so that we can learn how to best help those with significant communication challenges.

Course Fees & Closing Dates

**UTAP funding approved: Course Code C11901409

  1. UTAP funding is only applicable to NTUC union members who will enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support, capped at $250 or $500 (aged 40 years old and above; this will apply from 9 January 2024 to 31 March 2025) each year when they sign up for courses supported under UTAP. This excludes SkillsFuture Credit utilisation and other government subsidies.
  2. Union Members Eligibility for UTAP Application (https://www.ntuc.org.sg/skillsupgrade)
    1. Union member must commence the course within UTAP approved period.
    2. Union member must achieve minimum attendance (75%) for the course based on existing Government regulations and sit for all prescribed examination(s) if any.
    3. Union member must submit claims via UTAP system within 6 months after course completion.
    4. Union member must not claim full funding through company sponsorship or other types of funding.
    5. Union member must have paid-up union membership before course commencement, throughout the entire course duration and at the point of claim.
  3. Should trainees have queries on the UTAP funding scheme, they can email to UTAP@e2i.com.sg or use the Live Chat function to enquire on membership matters
Registration Type Closing Date Fees (S$) / pax
15 Feb 2024 300
Normal Till Full 350