Why Do My Results Look Like the Periodic Table of Elements? How to Use the Communication Matrix to Analyze Current Communication and Develop Targeted Goals

Diagnostic Center North (DCN) welcomes you to preview a new training presented by Alison Pentland, M.A., CCC-SLP-L, Speech-Language Pathologist

The Communication Matrix is a powerful assessment tool that can answer questions about current skills and inform goals for intervention. This free, online tool provides a series of questions about a student's communication means and functions, and is particularly helpful with students who are not yet speaking or have emerging communication skills. The Communication Matrix results appear in a color-coded table that breaks down seven levels of communication development and looks similar to a poster from chemistry class. This presentation will review the Communication Matrix tool and how to interpret the table of results - no chemistry skills necessary! Participants will learn how to use the online tool to assess a student's current communication skills and determine future skills to target in intervention.


Wednesday, April 20, from 2:30 - 4:00 PM

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Intended Audience:

Speech-Language Pathologists with and without experience using the Communication Matrix, especially those who work with students who are non-speaking and/or starting their communication journey!

About the Trainer:

Alison Pentland is a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) and Augmentative/Alternative Communication (AAC) specialist with the Diagnostic Center of Northern California (DCN). She has a master's degree in Communicative Disorders and Sciences from San Jose State University, where she also participated in the AAC in the Educational Setting grant. Alison leads DCN's AAC Project, which includes trainings and coaching for school based SLPs around the region. In addition to supporting educators, Alison has experience completing AAC assessments and providing AAC intervention for individuals with a wide range of disabilities aged 2-25. Alison is passionate about ensuring all students have access to AAC and that their team members have the competence and confidence to support them.