Visual Strategies- The Key to Improving Communication, Behavior & Social Skills for Individuals with DD


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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Location: Minot, ND

Communication breakdowns can be a "root" cause of problems in social interaction, learning, and behavior. Current thinking suggests that communication impairments transcend all aspects of the life of students with moderate to severe cognitive, communication, or behavior challenges including individuals with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome. While it is common to focus on the development of communication skills for these individuals, that focus tends to be directed toward developing their expressive communication. Comparatively little attention is directed toward increasing the person's ability to understand the communication in his life.

In the midst of their challenges, many individuals with DD display a relative strength in visual skills. Capitalizing on that strength, the use of visual strategies to support communication has provided the structure necessary to substantially alter many problem situations. This program will define the need, discuss training, and demonstrate many practical ideas for work and living environments. These strategies have proven successful with individuals of varying ages and ability levels.