Professional Development

You Can Create the Model SDC Core Word Classroom! * – new!

Presented by Karen Natoci, M.S., CCC-SLP, AAC Specialist and Brian St. Geme, M.S., CCC-SLP (3 hrs or 6 hrs)

There is a lot of information on creating a safe self-contained classroom for students with the most complex of communication and sensory needs. Components for success include strong classroom routine, clear content delivery through thematic activities, balanced literacy, and a way to communicate (AAC.) Successful SDC classrooms set high expectations without standards. We will discuss the tools, environment, and implementation and will emphasize teaching and participating versus testing. Participants will leave with a clear plan on how to engineer a model SDC. It is highly recommended that the entire SDC team attends together (teacher, instructional assistant, SLP, OT, PT, Behavior). We will discuss the use of core boards, word walls, classroom zoning, and stress factors, so that teams gain a heightened regard for receptive supports when communicating (modeling, redundancy, cognitive clarity, partner augmented input.)
This is a 3-hour OR a FULL DAY presentation. Full day presentations will include breakout sessions to allow for team planning for the entire school year.