TRIAD Social Communication Support Network
Speech-Language Pathologist Online Community (SPOC)
SLP Partnership

Are you interested in learning more about how to motivate your students to communicate?  Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will use online learning tools and remote coaching to help speech-language pathologists advance their knowledge and implementation of strategies for students with complex communication needs.   

Purpose: To expand the TRIAD Social Communication Support Network by offering remote training and coaching for speech-language pathologists supporting students with complex communication needs

Participant roles:

  • Complete online trainings
  • Participate in ongoing remote coaching provided by TRIAD consultants
  • Share skills, knowledge, and strategies with the virtual learning community

Disclaimer: This is a pilot project to determine usefulness and feasibility for using online learning tools and remote coaching to build the capacity of speech-language pathologists to support students with complex communication needs. 

Who should participate? Speech-Language Pathologists employed by LEAs
  • Who directly work with students with complex communication needs
    • Who have autism eligibility for special education services
    • Complex communication needs
      • Student(s) frequently unsuccessful in using one or more modes of communication (e.g., verbal, manual sign, AT system, pointing) which affects their educational performance on a daily basis
    • Students whose parents consent for TRIAD to
      • Review educational records
      • Support school-based SLP on assessment techniques and intervention strategies
      • Record assessment and intervention sessions with the student
      • Remotely observe the student through video conferencing software
What is learned through this program?
  • Evidence-based strategies to:
    • Identify student preferences
    • Use preferences to motivate students to initiate communication
How much professional development is included? Participants will receive certificates documenting their participation in Speech-Language Pathologists Online Community and 15 hours of ASHA-approved professional development.

This training opportunity is sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education and is available to school-based speech-language pathologists in LEAs in Tennessee at no cost to participants.


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