Communication

All learners have the right to communicate, and communication is a prerequisite for teaching and learning.

Additionally, autonomous communication requires literacy, and our goal must be to allow all learners to express what they want to communicate.

Learn about:

  • language development strategies, including core vocabulary
  • more robust tools such as Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD)
  • structuring daily literacy instruction for students with significant disabilities and complex communication needs

Quick Wins

Quick Wins are individual modules, each focused on one high leverage practice from an Alt+Shift professional learning opportunity.  Quick wins include a combination of video, text, downloadable resources, and practice opportunities.  They are designed for quick consumption, immediate implementation, and high impact.

Shared Reading

Shared reading is an evidence-based strategy that can improve a learner’s concept of print, language, communication, and interaction skills while encouraging engagement.
Approximate Time to Complete: 15 - 20 minutes
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Universal Core Vocabulary

Core vocabulary offers a way for providers to support communication both individually and as a classroom-wide Tier 1 foundational support.
Approximate Time to Complete: 15 - 20 minutes
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Partnered Learning Courses

Alt+Shift partners with intermediate school districts (ISDs) to provide training and implementation support for its professional learning opportunities. Select an option below to learn more about each professional learning opportunity and how to participate.

Comprehensive Literacy for Autonomous Communication

Classroom and ancillary staff are taught how to structure daily literacy instruction for learners with significant disabilities and complex communication needs. Autonomous communication requires literacy, and our goal must be to allow all learners to express what they want to communicate.

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Foundations of Communication

Foundations of Communication is for personnel who work in settings with learners with complex communication needs. Communication is a prerequisite for teaching and learning. Participants will be introduced to language development strategies, including core vocabulary (refers to the 20% of our vocabulary that we use 80% of the time when communicating), that can immediately help learners with complex communication needs communicate more effectively.

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Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display

Participants in this introductory training are taught to select, customize, and use Pragmatic Organization Dynamic Display (PODD) books and aided language input to promote autonomous communication for learners with complex communication needs. PODD is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) tool that arranges a robust vocabulary, typically as a low-tech book, to support language development for learners with complex communication needs. Language is organized in a practical layout that requires minimal page turns to communicate.

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