Chit Chat and All That!
How to Communicate
When It Feels Like You Can’t
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
12:30-1:30 p.m. ET
Communication is an important part of all of our lives. Being able to get our wants and needs met, understand those around us, and connect socially is key. What happens when we can’t understand a child or they aren’t verbal? How do we communicate then? This webinar is designed to answer these questions and provide resources the participants can begin using immediately.
- What is Behavior
- Behavior as Communication
- Problem behavior as communication
- Types of Communication
- Verbal vs Nonverbal
- Vocal Verbal
- American Sign Language (ASL)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECs)
- Augmentative and Alternate Communication (AAC)
- More (gestures, eye gaze, pointing)
- Identify an Audience
- Determine Modality of Communication
- How to Use Communication That Works for the Learner/Speaker
- PECs with Sign/Vocalization
- De-escalation Strategies
Nancy Harris-Kroll began her career as a teacher for special needs students in 1982 and became a certified Applied Behavior Analyst in 2009, specializing in the recognition and treatment of behavioral issues with those identified as having autism. Today she is the owner and clinical director at The Learning Resource Center, as well as the part-time BCBA at The Barry Robinson Center. Through her center, Harris-Kroll provides educational services as well as applied behavior analysis specializing in Verbal Behavior, and testing and treatment for clients ages 18 months to adult. She also advocates for children and families affected by autism, working to increase support services in the public school system. The Learning Resource Center provides home school support for parents who are seeking an alternative to public or private school for their children. At BRC, Harris-Kroll supervises the ABA program and works closely with Ashley Bowman, the ABA program manager.
Ashley Bowman started her career in ABA and found her passion for the science nine years ago. She joined The Barry Robinson Center in November 2019 as program manager to help launch its new ABA program in May 2020. Bowman has been instrumental in setting up the ABA program and connecting with community partners. She has worked with clients ages 18 months to young adult, with a wide variety of diagnoses, problem behaviors and modalities of communication. Bowman started her ABA career as a line therapist working with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in Wisconsin. After returning to Virginia, she became a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and later a BCaBA and LABA. She is currently completing master’s degree in Behavioral Psychology with a concentration in Behavior Analysis. Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in human trafficking and domestic violence.