Fayette County Board of DD explores new communication methods


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Communication is explored in a new way for some employees of Fayette County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Staff in the early intervention, preschool, and SSA departments attended a workshop on Friday, April 7. This workshop explored AAC (augmentative-alternative communication) which helps those with severe communication disorders use strategies to enhance their communication.

Coordinated by Elaine Statti, the Board of DD’s speech and language pathologist; Jennifer Monahan from PRC presented the latest in this evolving field. In particular, this workshop focused on the use of technology and how to choose vocabulary to maximize functional communication in a variety of settings and activities. Equally important was the understanding of the significance of communication not only to tell someone what you may want but maybe even more importantly to socialize and share information.

FCBDD provides the following services: service and support administration; residential and vocational supports; recreational and social activities; Special Olympics for both adults and school-age athletes; family support services; community services including FACT (a self-advocacy group), a Next Chapter Book Club, and a healthy lifestyles workshop; early intervention and preschool; transportation services; and SAFE (a family support group).

For more information about any of these programs, please contact FCBDD main offices at 740-335-7453 or Fayette Progressive School at 740-335-1391.

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