Communication Matters- Alternative Communication for Home and School
A note from Courtney Burnett, SLPA
Dear Special Needs Parents, Teachers & Therapist,
Fort the past 10 years I have been helping children and adults with their communication needs. By providing speech therapy in their homes and school settings. Finding solutions so that my clients could develop meaningful communication has always been my goal. Every person has the right to have their voice heard, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) has been the solution for so many of my clients. I help families, teachers, and therapist open the doors of communication by understanding what AAC is, how to use this style of communication at home and school, and why we should be saying “yes” more often to alternative communication. I have seen the devastating effects of nonverbal children and adults that have been denied the opportunity to communicate using alternative communication and it breaks my heart. Bottom line.. alternative communication does not harm, it is a lifesaver!
Special Needs Parents, Teachers, and Therapists need access to accurate information on alternative communication. Communication Matters was developed to provide accurate information and resources to get started using AAC and visual communication.
During the Communication Matters course, I will teach you:
- How to spot an AAC Myth
- How to help your child or student get started with alternative communication with less stress and overwhelm
- How to document this type of communication on your child’s or students IEP
- How to develop and provide meaningful inclusion
- How to develop AAC IEP goals that will prepare your child or student for further education, employment, and independent living
- How to develop a parent input statement for your child’s IEP – teachers can use this toolkit to help parents voices be heard at the IEP table
...in desperate need of communication solutions for your child or student
but worried about making the wrong choice?
...not in a position of spending $1,000-2,5000 on private therapy or expensive courses?
but feel like you may not have an alternative that is good enough?
...So stressed and overwhelmed with "putting together all the pieces" of your child's or students communication needs
that you are seriously considering giving up on it entirely before you even started?
I HEAR YOU AND LET ME TELL YOU THIS: YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THOSE FEELINGS!
Many parents, teachers, and even therapists lay awake at night with these same feelings! One of the most frustrating feelings of all is not knowing where to start, and not knowing if you’re making the correct choice for your child or student when it comes to one of the most important needs they have COMMUNICATION! These feelings are very overwhelming. FEAR of the unknown can keep you stuck and in a place of inaction.
Watching a child go through their day with frustration, sadness, and being isolated from peers from lack of ability to communicate is heartbreaking and leaves you with a sense of hopelessness. No child should be isolated from their family, peers, and community!
As a parent and therapist, I had many of these same feelings and worries! That is why I developed Communication Matters it takes the fear out of alternative communication, gives you the tools to start and be successful using alternative communication both at home and school.
Communication Matters is an online solution that will open doors of communication for both home and school. Each lesson, as well as the bonus material, can be accessed 24/7. You have lifetime access and a private Facebook group to get ongoing support. Having a community of people who are working towards a common goal is priceless.
You are one step away from less stress, more support, and having the tools that can change the life of a child who wants their voice to be heard.
WHAT WILL YOU GET WITH YOUR COURSE?
- What is AAC
- Alternative Communication
- Five AAC Myths
- Types of AAC
- AAC and The IEP
Bonus #1 Smart Goals
Bonus # 1 Smart IEP Goals
- What goes into a smart goal
- Why Smart Goals Matter
Bonus #2 Inclusion
Lesson and guide to creating meaningful inclusion
- How to make it work
- Documenting it on the IEP
- Steps to creaing meaningful inclusion- Inclusion is not a place it’s an experience
Bonus #3 Parent Input Toolkit
Developing a parent input statement is key for families to be heard at the table. This toolkit can be used for parents to develop their input statement and it can also be used by teachers to partner with parents to develop the IEP.
Bonus #4 IEP Checklist
IEP checklist and video lesson to help the team prepare for the next IEP meeting
PDFs and Support Materials
Downloads and support material to make your life easier and save you tons of time! Download, click and print your way to less stress. Communication solutions for the real world.
Private Facebook Group-
Private access to a facebook group! This group is just for members of the Communication Matters Course, get ready to learn and grow with an amazing community.
BUT DON’T TAKE MY WORD FOR IT…
HI! I AM Courtney Burnett and I am the creator of Communication Matters- Alternative Communication for Home and School.
Hi, I am Courtney Burnett I am a Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant (SLPA) and a Master IEP Coach. I am also a mom to a child with complex medical needs and cerebral palsy who is nonverbal.
I desperately wanted to be able to communicate with my daughter, I knew she had thoughts and ideas, and I knew the lack of communication was the cause of some of the behaviors I was seeing at home and school.
I soon realized I was going to have to research and find the best way to communicate with my daughter. The traditional speech therapy was not working, no progress was being made, and I was done waiting and hoping the weekly therapy would start to work.
I needed answers like yesterday! So, that is exactly what I did. I have taken everything I learned and put it into this one of kind course. Communication Matters will give you the tools to start and expand alternative communication at both home and school.
Using my skills and passion for communication I have created a course that was developed for parents, teachers, and therapist to use both at home and school.
I specialize in inclusion solutions, assistive technology and using a multisensory approach in creating real-life solutions for both parents and educators.
I am beyond excited to work with you!
See you on the inside,
Courtney Burnett, SLPA
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