Meeting Archive:
Part 1 of 2 ECT (Environmental Communication Teaching) Strategies for Implementation

Meeting Description:
Session Level:  Beginner/Intermediate

ECT is a researched-based classroom intervention strategy for teams who serve students who struggle with expressive communication. It is appropriate for special and regular education settings as well as in preschool settings. It is appropriate for identified students who have high-tech and low-tech communication systems but who have not begun to implement them in school settings. It is not an AAC assessment training. This is not a pull-out therapy model. It is an implementation planning strategy for symbolic communicators.

The researched model determined that the most effective ECT teams consist of a teacher, SLP and para-educator. The typical training support is through a yearlong process where these educators gathered at 4 to 5 days of training at various points throughout the school year as they make systematic changes in order to increase the communication output of targeted students. This webinar will highlight the 5 main points of the ECT process that has been running in US and Canadian classrooms for over 25 years.

Webinar 1, will be a training on the basics of Environmental Communication Training and the common solutions to classroom communication that it can provide. Participants will be taken through the process of identifying “ECT” students and looking at classroom activities as to the type of communication opportunity it provides to the nonspeaking student. Examples through information and video will be used to develop an understanding of communicative requirements of educational, vocational, and community activities.
After the session is over, you will receive:

A certificate of attendance
  • A 10% discount on any AbleNet Assistive Technology Products

After you register a confirmation comes up which contains the option to add webinar to your Outlook, Lotus Notes or Google Calendars. If you "add"  it automatically adjusts to your time zone.

Date: Wed, Dec 10, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM CST
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Kelly Fonner
 Presenter Information
Kelly Fonner
Speaker Photo

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 45 states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. Kelly has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid 70s and with assistive technologies since 1983. Her teaching experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher and instructional media specialist in early childhood, preschool and school age programs. She worked 8 years as a consultant with PennTech, the state-wide technology project supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Kelly has a B.S. in special education from Millersville University, an M.S. in educational technology with a minor in special education/rehabilitation technology from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge.