Overview of The Communication Matrix

Are you working with individuals who have an array of communication needs, including vision, hearing, and sensory-motor issues? If so, you’re probably familiar with the unique challenges this population presents. In some cases, it’s easy to focus on what a child cannot do rather than what they can do. But fear not, I’ve got a game-changing tool to share with you! The Communication Matrix, a revolutionary tool first published in 1990 and subsequently revised in 1996 and 2004 by the brilliant Dr. Charity Rowland of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). This tool is designed to help professionals, educators, and caregivers pinpoint how an individual is communicating and provides a structured framework to consider logical next steps when crafting communication goals. In this video, I provide a brief overview of The Communication Matrix handbook and some valuable tips on how to navigate The Communication Matrix website efficiently, taking you through what it looks like and how it can revolutionize communication support for individuals with diverse needs. I’ll highlight some key sections and features that will help you make the most of this powerful tool. Looking for more in-depth insights and resources? I’ll guide you to where you can find additional information, helping you take your communication support to the next level. The Communication Matrix covers key concepts related to Gestalt Language, multi-modal communication, and the use of aided symbol input and the importance of a communication partner. Don’t miss out on this valuable resource for enhancing communication skills and fostering better connections with those who have complex communication needs. Watch the video, learn the principles, and empower yourself to make a difference in the lives of those you serve.

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