Complex Communication Needs (CCN)
As part of its mandate Calgary and Area RCSD serves children and youth with Low Incidence Disabilities. Low Incidence Disabilities include blindness or visual impairment, deafness or hard of hearing, deaf-blindness, and complex communication disorders. Additional resources for these areas are available. Email the Project Coordinator for more information.
AAC here refers to Augmentative and Alternative Communication which are tools and strategies that can support the expressive and receptive communication needs of children and youth.
Thank you to the Complex Communication Needs Working Group that works across 4 RCSD regions that works to develop these resources and supports capacity building in this area.
Calgary and Area RCSD continues its work in the area of Complex Communication Needs through a dedicated group of specialists across partners. Check this area for updates.
- Resource List - Resources for families, teachers, and service providers
- Focus Group Report - See what Calgary and Area RCSD heard when it asked families about their experiences and children with Complex Communication Needs
- Literature Review
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication Position Paper - Speech-Language and Audiology Canada Position Paper on the Role of SLPs in AAC
The following items are from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication: Knowledge and Skills for Service Delivery
- Roles and Responsibilities of SLPs with Respect to AAC: Technical Report and Position Statement
Complex Communication Needs Briefs
These Briefs are great tip sheets aimed at teachers, but also of use to service providers and parents.
- CCN Brief no. 1 - Enhancing Your Classroom Library
- CCN Brief no. 2 - Planning for Emergent Literacy Learners
- CCN Brief no. 3 - Tar Heel Reader
- CCN Brief no. 4 - Symbol-Based Communication
Looking for ImPAACT book files? Email the Project Coordinator.
In 2015 Calgary and Area RCSD completed a project related to children and youth with Complex Communication Needs (CCN). The goal of the project was to obtain a snapshot of the need within the region, learn about what the research says about the best way to support children and youth who require communication support, and begin to develop resources for parents, service providers and teachers. See the summary below: