TASN-ATBS Webinar Series: Making use of the Communication Matrix & Online Community of Support: Research-based Assessment and Implementation for Students with Complex Communication Needs

by TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports (ATBS)

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November 08, 2023 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
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at 3:15 pm Central Time

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Course description

Webinar Description:

The Communication Matrix is a research-based assessment tool to assist in measuring the expressive communication skills of individuals whose skills range from 0 to 24 months in expressive communication behaviors. The Matrix takes into consideration all forms and modalities of expressive communication including sound, movement, gesture, sign, object, symbol, and text usage. Used by SLPs, Teachers, Family Members, and a wide variety of support staff, this session will introduce you to the Assessment and the online support developed within the Community of Practice to assist you once you have completed a Matrix.

It is highly recommended that participants create a free login to the Communication Matrix website prior to attending the session to save time and internet speed during the webinar.  Go to www.communicationmatrix.org to create an account. The Matrix is free for the first 5 assessments.

Once a Communication Matrix Assessment is completed, the team at Design to Learn has developed implementation supports such as a Guide for Developing IEP Goals and Objectives that relate to the skills that are shown to be emerging and yet to be developed. This session will also introduce you to the Communication Matrix Custom Report. Examples will be shown so that you will see what the Custom Report entails; there is a minimal charge for developing a Customized Report. During the session, we will also review the built-in support through the Online Community of Practice where you can ask and answer questions about implementing the data from your child/student’s Matrix results. 

Learning Objectives

After attending this webinar learners will:

  1. independently complete a Communication Matrix assessment;
  2. print and/or share by sending a PDF of the results of the Communication Matrix assessment;
  3. follow the IEP Development Guide to create Communication aware IEP Goals, Benchmarks, and Objectives;
  4. utilize the Communication Matrix Online Community of Practice to search, ask, and respond to questions relevant to the implementation of expressive, communication techniques, strategies, and tools related to their child/student's skills, abilities, and needs;
  5. more readily find supports for children/students with rare syndromes related to their expressive communication supports.

Presenter Information:

This is a headshot of Kelly Fonner. She is a white women with shoulder length blond hair. She has bangs and blue eyes. She is wearing a gray t-shirt and is in front of a brightly colored virtual background.

Kelly is a special educator and AT consultant who has been a para-educator, teacher, instructional media specialist, and assistive technology specialist in EI, K-12, university, and statewide settings. Kelly has presented in the field of AT/AAC for almost 40 years across the US and internationally. She is a leadership member of QIAT, WI AAC Network, and ATIA Conference Adviser, and is a co-author of the QIAT books. You can find her at www.kellyfonner.com.



Refund Policy

Registration may be cancelled up to 14 days prior to the event for a full refund. Cancellations received within 14 days of the event will not be refunded. No-show registrations will also not be refunded.


November 08, 2023 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Check In
at 3:15 pm Central Time
Live Q&A will follow the webinar
Meet Online 1.0 Professional Learning Contact Hours
TASN Autism and Tertiary Behavior Supports (ATBS)
Terri Swanson
Kelly S. Fonner, MS
Educational Assistive Technology Trainer and Consultant

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