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Transitioning from PECS to SGDs (Speech Generating Devices)


Is your learner ready to transition to a Speech Generating Device? Do you need help selecting a device and/or preparing your learner for the transition? This training will help get your questions answered!

With the current influx of communication devices and apps to the market how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introduction of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to devices capabilities vs. user capabilities.

This full-day workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner's current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD), choosing a device, and teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.

*Participants should bring a Speech Generating Device (SGD) to the training for use during a variety of activities to get the full experience.

Topics Covered Include:  

Registration Time: 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM

Agenda: 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

CEUs: 0.55 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area) and/or 5.5 BACB CEUs

Tuition includes: Detailed Handouts with space for note taking - PECS Language Sample and Summary Forms - Certificate of Attendance - BACB CEUs are available

Transitioning from PECS to SGDs: $250.00 (parent/professional) 


This course is offered for 5.5 BACB CEUs


Transitioning from PECS to SGDs Cancellations: Cancellations must be received 21 days prior to workshop start date to receive a full refund. Cancellations received within 21 days of the start date of the workshop are eligible to receive a credit voucher, which may be applied toward a future Pyramid hosted workshop. Cancellations received on or after day 1 of the workshop are not eligible for a refund or credit voucher.


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