As part of their early release staff meeting, the Mason Heights Social Communication teachers and paraprofessionals engaged in professional development breakout sessions in the areas of communication and sensory integration. Speech & Language Pathologists Elise Hargis, M.A. SLP-CCC and Kelly Reynolds, M.A., SLP-CCC presented an experiential training on the importance of modeling communication using (AAC) Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Staff engaged in activities using Touch Chat, Core Boards, Proloquo2Go, etc. and discussed the value in modeling language (though it may look different using AAC) with their students on a daily basis.
Occupational therapy staff Faleasha Wink, OTR/L and Carrie Magoto, COTA/L presented a “Make It, Take It Calming and Alerting Activities” to help students with self-regulation. The staff made sensory bags and fidget key chains! They also discussed ideas for daily whole body movement and environmental adaptations to promote an increased calm or increased alert state that can be used within the Social Communication school environment!