2-Day Introductory Workshop in Supporting Communication

Developing Frameworks for Support and Learning to be a Facilitator

October 5-6, 2017
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
201ABC Goldstein Student Center (Syracuse University South Campus)

Fee: $125 per person (Contact the ICI for group/family rates)
Please send a check (payable to Syracuse University) prior to the workshop to:
Institute for Communication and Inclusion
370 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-2340

Questions and more information, call Dani Weinstein at 315.443.9379.

Facilitated Communication is one method used in accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) equipment. This two-day workshop provides the opportunity to learn the techniques of facilitated communication within the context of the principles common to all communication support approaches.

This is a learn-by-doing workshop packed with role-playing and simulations. Participants work with Institute on Communication Trainers, augmentative communication users and experienced facilitators in building facilitator skills. This workshop is designed to appeal to administrators, teachers, therapists, teaching assistants, adult care providers, as well as families. It is not necessary to be working directly with an established augmentative communication user or potential candidate to attend this workshop.

Day 1 introduces communication support for people with complex communication needs. Topics include:

  • Seeing others -- ALL others -- as communicators
  • Finding opportunities for communication and engagement
  • Understanding communication as a dynamic process
  • Developing access to equipment and environments
  • Bringing new people into the communicator's circle
  • Supporting the communicator to gain credibility and take responsibility for his or her communication

Day 2 focuses on the skills necessary to become a facilitator for someone who is currently using facilitated communication, or for a prospective candidate. Topics include:

  • The nature of support
  • Giving physical support
  • Feedback and monitoring
  • Independence training
  • Documentation of communication skills

To register for this training workshop, please fill out the form below:

  • e.g. Parent, other family member, School Personnel, Professional, Mentor, etc.