AAC, Literacy & the SLP

AACES Conference 2023 Session

An Interprofessional Approach to Promoting Participation and Play for Young Children with Complex Communication and Motor Needs

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There is a critical need for interprofessional collaboration in early intervention to support young children with complex communication and motor needs (CCMN), both to maximize developmental outcomes and to support participation in everyday play and learning opportunities. This session will focus on strategies for integrating motor and communication supports within enriched play experiences for children with CCMN. Using an interdisciplinary approach, we bring together specialists in pediatric physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and assistive technology to support the whole child and their caregivers. At the same time, we are training emerging health care students how to work effectively as a team to build capacity in the field and partnering with local early intervention programs. Three case studies will be presented to illustrate the enriched play program and the impact of this interprofessional, collaborative approach on both the children and their families. Data on children’s motor and communication profiles will be shared, strategies used to support children within the play experiences will be illustrated, and families’ perceptions of their experiences will be reported from surveys administered and interviews conducted at the end of their participation in the enriched play experiences.


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  • Natural & engaging webinar
  • Full year of on-demand access
  • CMH/PDH Certificate 
  • Online classroom community 
  • Links to resources

Gain skills to support kids with complex bodies.  

Learn how to support physical needs to help kids learn and play. 
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Give them something to talk about. 

With better access to life, play, and learning, kids have more to talk about with AAC. 
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What You'll Learn

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will be able to:
1. Define interprofessional practice (IPP).
2. Describe 2 tools that can be used to create profiles of communication and motor skills and abilities for young children with complex needs.
3. List 3 strategies that speech-language pathologists and physical therapists may collaborate when providing intervention services to young children with complex needs.
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Continuing Education Credit

This course offers eligible students a total of
2 certification maintenance hours (CMH)

Learn more about CMH/PDH  (versus CEU's or continuing education units) on your course syllabus and on our CEU Page.  All learners are encouraged to confirm that this course meets the requirements of their licensing board before purchasing.  
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Meet YOUR instructors

Dr. Julie Feuerstein, CCC-SLP

Dr.  Julie Feuerstein is an Assistant Professor School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She obtained her master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Boston University and her Doctorate in Speech and Hearing Sciences at the University of Washington. She completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, with an appointment to Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders. Dr. Feuerstein is certified a speech-language pathologist who has practiced in a variety of pediatric practice settings, including early intervention, outpatient clinics, and inpatient rehabilitation. Her teaching and research interests center around evaluating the effectiveness of early communication interventions for minimally verbal children with neurodevelopmental disorders and examining mechanisms for moving empirically supported interventions into clinical practice. Currently, she runs the Early Communication and Play (ECAP) lab at the University of Central Florida.
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Dr. Jennifer Tucker, PT

Dr. Jennifer Tucker is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Program of Physical Therapy at the University of Central Florida.  She obtained her Master’s degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Indianapolis and her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degrees from the University of South Alabama. She is board certified in pediatrics by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS).  Tucker is the Director of UCF Go Baby Go and Co-Director of the IMOVE lab.  Her research focuses on community embedded interventions to promote play and participation in children with and without disabilities.  Current projects focus on the impact of mobility devices including modified ride on cars and harness systems for children and adults on communication, social interactions, quality of life, and functional mobility.  Tucker has published and presented nationally on promoting early mobility, interprofessional education, and participation in children with and without disabilities.
Patrick Jones - Course author
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Patrick Jones - Course author
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