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Communication for All: Teaching Language for Learning and Advocacy

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Presenter: Alessandra Barragato, M.S., CCC-SLP

Date: Thursday, February 15, 2024

Sign In: 5:30pm

Workshop: 5:45pm - 9:00pm

Member: $65.00

Student Member: $25.00

Non-Member Professional: $90.00

**Meets CTLE Requirements if documented with the ASHA CE Registry**


Financial – Alessandra Barragato, M.S., CCC-SLP will be receiving an honorarium from LISHA for her presentation.

Non-Financial – Alessandra Barragato, M.S., CCC-SLP has no relevant non-financial information to report.


Campo Salisbury Center, 718 The Plain Road, Westbury, NY 11590

Workshop Coordinator

Robin Ehrlich, M.S., CCC-SLP
Director of Speech-Language Pathology


The ability to communicate is essential in expressing wants and needs, establishing relationships, participating in activities, and for self-advocacy. In this workshop, the 9 Critical Communication Skills for students with special needs will be identified. Effective teaching strategies to promote these skills will be reviewed, and the use of visual supports will be discussed at the conclusion of this workshop. Participants will have an understanding of functional communication and strategies to promote effective communication for improved student learning.


Alessandra Barragato, M.A., CCC-SLP is a Speech and Language Pathologist for Nassau BOCES and has been providing therapy to children and young adults for over 20 years. Her current role as Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluator and Trainer has enabled her to work with school and home educational teams across school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Alessandra has been a continuing education instructor for over 10 years and is currently teaching for One Step Ahead Professional Development, Long Island Institute of Professional Studies, and Nassau Tract.

**LISHA speaker selection does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or procedures. We reserve the right to substitute speakers due to circumstances beyond our control. **

Learning Objectives

Participants will:
1.Identify Functional Communication.
2. Develop an understanding of the 9 Critical Communication Skills.
3. Describe strategies to incorporate into therapeutic practices to teach students with specialneeds effective language for learning and advocacy.


5:30-5:45 Registration
5:45-6:00 Defining Functional Communication and Describing Common Communication Challenges for Students with Special Needs
6:00-6:45 Requesting/Manding and Asking for Help
6:45-7:45 Learning to Affirm and Reject, Teaching Students to Wait/The Importance of Asking for a Break
7:45-8:00 BREAK
8:00-8:45 Teaching Students to Respond to Directions, Following Visual Schedules, and Transition Training
8:45-9:00 Questions and Answers


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Cancellations are refundable if received seventy- two (72) business hours prior to the event.

Please note: Registrants will receive a certificate of completion when the course has been successfully completed.


**PowerPoint/Handout Presentations will be emailed to confirmed attendees 72 hours prior to the workshop. There will be no internet access at the venue to download handouts. You will need to either print a copy or download the file to a computer, tablet, or phone before the workshop. Paper handouts will NOT be available at the workshop. **


February 15th, 2024 from  5:30 PM to  9:00 PM
718 The Plain Road
Campo Salisbury Center
Westbury, NY 11590
United States
Phone: 516-626-8000
Event Fee(s)
Professional Fee $90.00
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