Behavior and Communication
October 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
ABOUT THE TOPIC. Every behavior is a form of communication. When a child displays behaviors that are difficult or undesirable, understanding what the child is communicating through the behavior is the most important step in changing the behavior. Case studies of A-B-C analysis and positive behavioral interventions that involve communication difficulties will be presented. Behavioral challenges that arise from limited expressive language and speech intelligibility issues and strategies to support appropriate behavior will be included. Materials, resources and techniques to address behavioral difficulties will be included.
ABOUT THE PRESENTER. Dr. Libby Kumin is a world-renowned speech and language expert who has dedicated her career since 1969 to helping people with Down syndrome. She is a professor of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University, Maryland, where she founded the Loyola University Speech and Language Down Syndrome Center for Excellence in 1980. She also sits on the Professional Advisory Board of the National Down Syndrome Congress and the Clinical Advisory Board of the National Down Syndrome Society. Dr. Kumin is the author of several major works, including the seminal book, Early Communication Skills for Children with Down Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals.