Communication Strategies for Working with Learners with Multiple Disabilities and Severe Communication Challenges
The communicative behaviors of learners with multiple disabilities are often infrequent, subtle, vague, and atypical, making it difficult for others to identify, interpret, and respond to these behaviors. Because paraeducators are often assigned to work with these learners, they need the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to interact with them and support their communication development. This presentation will focus on methods and strategies for working with children and youth with multiple disabilities and severe communication challenges. Basic communication techniques will be explained, and effective strategies for interacting with these learners will be described. During the session, participants will have the opportunity to practice their skills at identifying communicative behaviors and determining communicative intents in those learners who are the most challenging to interact with.