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Intervention Programming for Nonverbal Children

Author: Brenda Addington

CEUs offered: 0.2

CEEs offered: 2

Introductory Level; Professional Area

Activity Description

The course provides intervention-programming suggestions for developing functional communication skills in children who are nonverbal. Understanding prerequisite communication behaviors, laying pragmatic foundations, and using strategies for developing core vocabulary will be discussed. While this course focuses on nonverbal communication as it pertains to autism, the strategies and methods discussed here can be applied to a variety of situations where any given child has not developed a means of communication.

Activity Audience

This course is for Speech-Language Pathologists.

Learning Outcomes

Participants who successfully complete this course will be able to

  • understand and assess the prerequisite behaviors needed to participate in communication exchanges
  • define speech acts/pragmatic acts needed to participate in communication exchanges
  • select and develop thematic units/activities to target pragmatic skills and core vocabulary skills with a variety of nonverbal populations
  • direct teachers, parents, and paraprofessionals in using thematic activities to build functional communication skills with nonverbal children

Author Biography

Brenda Addington, M.A., SLP-CCC, has worked with children with disabilities for more than 25 years, in both therapeutic and recreational settings. She has been a speech-language pathologist in the Jessamine County School System in Kentucky for the past 15 years.

Brenda has also taught courses at Eastern Kentucky University in the areas of augmentative and alternative communication, articulation disorders, and survey of communication disorders for teachers.

Brenda holds a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and a master's degree in communication disorders. Prior to becoming a speech-language pathologist, she was a kindergarten teacher, where a number of her intervention ideas and activities were developed and tested. These experiences formed the foundations for Brenda's approach to providing intervention for nonverbal children.

Brenda has supervised and trained a number of graduate students in school-based practices through supervising SLP clinical rotations in the school setting.

Brenda developed For Nonverbal Children: Functional Vocabulary Kit for LinguiSystems in 2008, specifically for developing core vocabulary with nonverbal students

Brenda Addington is employed by the Jessamine County School System


Financial - Brenda Addington is a LinguiSystems author and receives royalties for products and was paid a stipend for this course

Nonfinancial - Brenda Addington has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose

This course, "Intervention Programming for Nonverbal Children," was funded in its entirety by LinguiSystems, Inc.

Certified members of the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists (CASLPA) can accumulate continuing education equivalents (CEEs) for their participation with LinguiSystems, Inc.  One hour of coursework equals 1 CEE.  All CASLPA members are encouraged to participate in on-going education.  CASLPA approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.