After participating in the communication webinar presented by our capacity building team, teachers noted:

  • The most important thing I learned was that all students can learn and show what they have learned if given the opportunity to communicate. Too often, we underestimate the capability of a student who does not speak. We need to figure out their mode of communication so that they can demonstrate their learning as well as their wants and needs.
  • This serves as a reminder to keep expectations high and stick to best practices.
  • It is not so much what I learned as seeing the progress the students in the video made! Awesome! It shows what strategic interventions and fidelity in programming can do to assist the students with becoming successful in their skills. Recognizing their intent and mode of communication was so essential to the progress of these students.
  • “All students communicate” is finally being understood.
  • I learned how vital it is to find the right communication mode for every student. It is also very important to integrate it into all areas of daily living.
  • It is very important to determine the best way for each student to show their feelings and their understanding of what they know. Then to keep monitoring their progress in order to further their communication abilities.
  • I realized the importance of communicative competence being a central focus for each student not separate from academics, but embedded within the student’s academic learning day to further their learning.
  • How much a student can increase in 6 to 8 weeks with consistent interventions and if staff expectations are high.
  • To look at and try several forms of communication.
  • Provide opportunities for students to use communication options throughout activities.
  • We need to, as teams, analyze the student communication so that all members are responding to communicative intents in primarily the same way, to enhance student output and responding.
  • I learned how to integrate the intervention steps and the logical considerations that are embedded within that process.
  • I learned that it is important to be creative with communication modes and to continue to increase the sophistication of the systems used and the tasks expected.
  • It still seems valuing, believing, and expecting that ALL people/students communicate is crucial.
  • I learned of the need to correctly identify students' receptive and expressive communication levels.
  • I learned how important it is to bring the students to a point where they are challenged and using communication that is appropriate for their age and peer group.
  • The preferences inventory and practice opportunities are a great way to keep the communication objectives at the forefront of everyone's minds who work with each student.
  • Communication is always developing and changing with each student. You have to be willing to try different things to make sure that the student is communicating the best and most efficient way.