Session 5B - Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs in the Secondary Setting

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

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Supporting Students with Complex Communication Needs in Secondary Setting

Speakers: Erica Roberts and Alys Stets

Session Description:
In this session, you will have the opportunity to learn about critical components of supporting students with complex communication needs in accessing communication all day, every day in the secondary setting. Engineering the environment to support communication, embedding communication practice and opportunities into the school day, and collaboration between professionals will be discussed. Strategies for incorporating communication into academic tasks, vocational tasks, and activities of daily living will be highlighted. 

Speaker Bios:
Erica Roberts, MS, CCC-SLP
is a speech-language pathologist supporting students with complex communication needs in a public school setting. Since completing her undergraduate degree at Pennsylvania State University and her master’s degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she has been working as a clinician providing services to individuals with Augmentative and Alternative Communication needs for the past 14 years. She holds the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence, is licensed in the state of Pennsylvania and has completed a graduate certificate program in the area of Assistive Technology.

Alys Stets, M. Ed., NBCT is a special education teacher for students with complex instructional and communication needs. She holds an Elementary and Special Education certification from Waynesburg University. Her master’s degree from West Virginia University specialized in severe and profound multiple disabilities. Alys is a National Board Certified Teacher in the area of severe disabilities. She has presented about supporting the most complex learners at Closing the Gap, ATIA, and ATCNE. This is her 13th year teaching special education.