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2021-2022 Learning Decks

Teacher and Pupil
Speech, Language, and Communication for the Non-verbal Child

This webinar was recorded Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, 4:30 to 5:30 PM Eastern Time. 

Description: This session will provide an overview of speech, language and communication development along with examples of naturalistic strategies, intentional approaches and intensive interventions to promote language and communication in non-verbal young children. There will be a focus on ways to increase communicative opportunities with peers and adults and collaboration across providers with linkages to DEC Recommended Practices. 


Participant Outcomes:

  1. Review the components of speech and language and forms of communication. 

  2. Review key environmental components of communicative opportunities. 

  3. Gain knowledge of naturalistic strategies, intentional approaches, and intensive interventions to facilitate language and communication.


  • Deborah A. Bruns, PhD is Professor and program coordinator for the Special Education program in the School of Education at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She teaches coursework in collaborating with families with children with disabilities as well as early childhood special education assessment and curriculum methods.