ICI 2-Day Workshop: Supporting Communication – Developing Frameworks for Support and Learning to be a Facilitator, October 5-6

The Institute on Communication and Inclusion (ICI) at Syracuse University will conduct a 2-day introductory workshop on supporting communication for nonverbal autistics.

Facilitated Communication is one method used in accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) equipment. This two-day workshop provides the opportunity to learn the techniques of facilitated communication within the context of the principles common to all communication support approaches.

Event Details and Location


The workshop will take place on October 5 and 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

All events will be held at the Goldstein Student Center on the Syracuse University South Campus.


About the Workshop

This is a learn-by-doing workshop packed with role-playing and simulations. Participants will work with Institute on Communication Trainers, augmentative communication users and experienced facilitators in building facilitator skills.

The workshop is designed to appeal to administrators, teachers, therapists, teaching assistants and adult care providers, as well as families with nonverbal children or adults. It is not necessary to be working directly with an established augmentative communication user or potential candidate to attend this workshop.

Day 1 will introduce communication support for people with complex communication needs. Topics will include:

  • Seeing others -- ALL others -- as communicators
  • Finding opportunities for communication and engagement
  • Understanding communication as a dynamic process
  • Developing access to equipment and environments
  • Bringing new people into the communicator's circle
  • Supporting the communicator to gain credibility and take responsibility for his or her communication

Day 2 focuses on the skills necessary to become a facilitator for someone who is currently using facilitated communication, or for a prospective candidate. Topics include:

  • The nature of support
  • Giving physical support
  • Feedback and monitoring
  • Independence training
  • Documentation of communication skills

Questions and more information, call Dani Weinstein at 315-443-9379.

Event Registration

Fee: $125 per person (Contact the ICI for group/family rates)

To register for this training workshop, please visit the event page on the ICI website. (opens in new window).

Once registered, please send a check prior to the workshop (payable to Syracuse University)  to:
Institute for Communication and Inclusion
370 Huntington Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244-2340

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