BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FNSL-150 - Therapy Procedures for Communication Exceptionalities - 3.00 Credits

FNSL-150 - Therapy Procedures for Communication Exceptionalities - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course will concentrate on teaching the student to be able to use both indirect and direct methods of language intervention to support individuals with exceptionalities in language acquisition in their environment. Students will learn how to support students with severe problems in language processing or production to facilitate learning and participation in class. This will include information on visual language supports or augmentative/alternative forms of communication, using pictures, symbols or voice output devices. The emphasis will be on providing evidence based, culturally appropriate services for First Nation students, Kindergarten to grade 4 and beyond. Understanding of and programming for augmentative/alternative forms of communication will also be discussed. Preschool and school age prepared programs for language support will be introduced with adaptations for First Nation culture.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • First Nations Speech and Language Assistant Certificate - FNSL Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Program Admission
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree.
    Office Hours: 1.5 per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments 50 - 70%, Final 30 - 50%, Total 100 %. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:
  • demonstrate and effectively use “Hanen” techniques in language intervention;

  • understand and effectively use the “Moe the Mouse” program;

  • effectively use the “Talking Tables” program;

  • examine and effectively use the “ Mother Goose” program;

  • demonstrate and effectively use the “Picture Communication” programs;

  • develop and use Social Stories;

  • use typical stories to develop specific areas of language;

  • set up environments to support the use of augmentative and alternative communication systems; and

  • develop activities to address specific language needs.
  • Text and Materials:
  • Weitzman, E., & Greenberg, J. (2002). Learning language and loving it a guide to promoting children's social, language and literacy development in early childhood settings. Current Edition. Toronto: Hanen Centre.

  • Hodgdon, L. A. (2000). Visual strategies for improving communication practical supports for school and home. Current Edition. Troy, Mich: QuirkRoberts Pub.

  • Other Resources:
  • Parent-Child Mother Goose Program. (1997). The Parent-Child Mother Goose Program information kit. Current Edition. Toronto: Parent-Child Mother Goose Program.

  • McGill University. (1984). The Hanen teaching tape. Current Edition. Toronto, Ont., Canada: Hanen Early Language Resource Centre.

  • Chesterman, Margaret and Anne Gardner. Moe the mouse program. Vancouver, BC: BC Aboriginal Child Care Society.

  • Simms, J. and R. Ritter. (2003). Talking tables program: An oral language program. Current Edition. Prince Rupert, BC: Ministry of Education.
  • Transfer Credits: For more information visit: www.bctransferguide.ca
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