presented by Laura DeThorne
Financial: Laura DeThorne receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.
Non-Financial: Laura DeThorne has no non-financial interests or relationships with MedBridge.
Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.
Laura DeThorne, PhD, CCC-SLP
Dr. Laura DeThorne is an associated professor of Speech & Hearing Science at the University of Illinois and an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. Her work over the last 20 years has focused on understanding individual and group differences in language development and the potential implications for education and intervention practices. With the intent of bridging biomedical…Read full bio
1. Conceptualizing Communicative Competence
This chapter will explore the concept of communicative competence from a social versus medical model of communication. The social model is critical for understanding the World Health Organization’s emphasis on participation, function, and contextual influences on disability (2002).
2. Focusing on Activities
This chapter introduces the first of four guiding principles for providing intervention from a social model of communicative competence, specifically focusing on supporting participation in meaningful activities rather than improving isolated skills. We will practice identifying key activities and drafting related individualized education program (IEP) goals.
3. Encouraging Flexible Multimodality
This chapter introduces the second guiding principle: encouraging flexible multimodal interactions. Laura DeThorne reviews studies that emphasize the importance of multimodality, address the myth that access to augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) inhibits speech development, provide relevant suggestions for drafting IEP goals, and get valuable insight from an adult AAC user.
4. Sharing Responsibility
This chapter introduces the third guiding principle, which focuses on sharing responsibility for children’s communicative interactions. Specifically, I will highlight the key strategies of presumed competence, environmental arrangement, and aided language stimulation, while providing specific examples of how such strategies can be applied within classroom interactions.
5. Drawing on Shared Histories and Building Future Interactions
This chapter introduces the fourth guiding principle for providing intervention from a social model of communicative competence, specifically by reflecting on how interactions are shaped over time. In particular, this chapter provides examples of how this principle can be applied to classroom interactions with children who use AAC. Finally this chapter features an interview with two adult communication partners, one of whom uses AAC.
6. Question and Answer
The final chapter of this course features a question and answer session applying concepts from the course to real-world clinical scenarios.