The Language of Work

Thursday, December 7, 2017 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT17-WEB19-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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Do you work with students or young adults who go out to a worksite or supported vocational experience? Learn about the common communication requirements of work in general and explore the process of determining specific language of a variety of job sites. See examples of how you can use what you learn to make picture supports, device pages, and scripts to support students at work. Use these concepts in role-plays and in real life on the job scenarios. Help your students to be prepared for talking to co-workers, supervisors and other work-site staff.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to list and define six types of communication exchanges required at work and give examples of messages to be included in a communication display.
  2. Participants will be able to summarize how to develop supports to include core words, work-related concepts, and site-specific fringe vocabulary to supports students who are learning to work.
  3. Participants will be able to simulate use of the work related communication concepts in role play and practice activities with students.


Melissa Mulvey

Senior Consulting Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist
Cotting School
Melissa works for Cotting Consulting, an outreach program of Cotting School. She provides services to students and teams in local school districts. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Fitchburg State University in the Graduate and Continuing Education Department and has been teaching there part-time for many years in both traditional face-to-face classes and classes with online components. Melissa's background as a speech-language pathologist brings a strong language foundation to her intervention with students and teams. Melissa developed and directs Talk2U AAC Program, a summer enrichment program at Cotting School for ‘tweens and teens who use AAC. Melissa is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, holds licenses with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and Division of Professional Licensure, and is certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America.
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Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No


Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

Educators, Family Members

Experience Level


Content Area

Basic Communication Process Area

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