13. Proficient Communicators: Do They Really Have Equal Access?

Speakers: Tammy Thompson-Cooke, CCC-SLP

*The speaker will be presenting in person at the Penn Stater.
**This session is available for in person and virtual attendance.

“Proficient Communicators” is a term used to describe students with deaf-blindness who can meaningfully engage in the general education curriculum with their peers and on grade level. Recent technical assistance trends around the nation are demonstrating an increased need for information and training on support for these students. This session will highlight current research and best practices to meet the needs of these students. Participants will walk away with an understanding of the unique needs of deaf-blindness and why these students may require additional support to fully participate with their peers.

Credits: Act 48, ASHA, ACVREP

Audience: Special Education Teachers; Teachers who work with students who are blind or visually impaired; Teachers who work with students with hearing loss; Teachers who work with students who are Deaf-Blind; Teachers/other professionals who work with students who have sustained traumatic brain injury; Speech therapists; General Education Teachers; Supervisors/Administrators; Assistive Technology Specialists; Occupational Therapists and/or Physical Therapists; Orientation and Mobility Specialists; School Counselors and/or School Psychologists; Parents, Guardians, Family Members; Paraprofessionals

Speakers’ Bio: 

Tammy Thompson-Cooke M.S. CCC-SLP is an educational consultant with the Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network (PaTTAN). Prior to joining PaTTAN, Tammy has worked primarily in the school setting as a speech-language pathologist and AT/AAC specialist in Pennsylvania and California. Her experience includes working with individuals exhibiting a range of speech/language disorders, orthopedic impairments, autism, deaf-blindness, visual impairments, and behavioral disorders.