TRIAD – Communication Services

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders’ (TRIAD) Communication Services involve building partnerships through learning opportunities between TRIAD, educators, and families throughout Tennessee who are interested in supporting individuals’ varied communication needs. Communication strategies and supports span from brief quick-tip videos, tip sheets and webinars to community of practice series.

Communication Service Options including Descriptions, Participant Requirements, Training Topics, and Format:

Free access videos, tip sheets, and brief online modules designed to promote communication skills through supports and strategies with a focus on functional communication skills for all learners, including autistic and neurodivergent students.

Topics may include:

  • Quick ways to take data on specific goals
  • How to include students with complex communication needs (CCNs) in general education settings
  • Social communication supports (conversations)
  • Evaluating Pragmatics
  • Communication and Behavior
  • Teaching initiating and responding

Vanderbilt’s Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders (TRIAD) will provide educators across the state of Tennessee with a virtual community of practice series focused on autism and communication. This professional development opportunity is designed for school-based speech-language pathologists/therapists and open to all educators with professional learning goals related to these topics. This series will include four sessions that occur between January to March 2023. The purpose of this series is to build professional relationships and develop shared practices related to autism and communication. Each session includes 30 minutes of pre-learning and 60 minutes of meeting with other professionals to engage in joint activities and discussions to learn from each other. Pre-learning activities will include reviewing information (e.g., articles, podcasts, videos, online modules) and preparing for learning by responding to a post in the shared digital workspace. Members will earn up to 6 hours of professional development.

Community of Practice Member Requirements
  1. This professional development opportunity is designed for school-based speech-language pathologists/therapists and open to all educators with professional learning goals related to these topics.
  2. Members are encouraged to engage in all four sessions in the series.  Each session includes 30 minutes of pre-learning activities and 60 minutes of community of practice meetings.  Please register even if you cannot attend all the sessions.
  3. This series can be completed by an individual or with a group.  Each member must register to ensure they receive up-to-date information and earn individual hours for professional learning.
  4. Members must have access and be able to use Zoom technology. If participating with a group, each person will need to log into Zoom.
Community of Practice Series Topics
  • Session 1: Introduction to TRIAD Community of Practice Series: Autism and Communication
  • Session 2: Current Perspectives around Autism and Communication
  • Session 3: Considerations for Autism and Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Session 4: Considerations for Autism and Written Language
Community of Practice Series Format
Each session includes 30 minutes of pre-learning and 60 minutes of meeting with other members.  Pre-learning includes reviewing information (e.g., articles, podcasts, videos, online modules) and responding to posts in the shared digital workspace.
Proof of Attendance
  • Each member will receive a certificate of participation documenting the number of hours engaged in the series.
  • American Speech-Language Hearing Association Continuing Education Units will be submitted for participants completing at least 5 hours.

*Participants must complete all pre-learning activities and attend all community of practice meetings to receive 6 professional development hours.

Sponsored by the Tennessee Department of Education, through the Tennessee Technical Assistance Network (TN-TAN) and available at no cost to LEAs in Tennessee.

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