The Emerging Communicators

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About this course

An emergent communicator is one who typically uses behaviours, gestures, facial expression or body language to interact with others or to get their needs met. The course discusses considerations for supporting their communication and gives a 5 step process that can help to guide your interactions.   

This course is designed for group based learning. It can be combined with a live question and answer session for your team after the presentation, or used as a stand alone session. 

Combine this course with a live Q&A session: To get the most out of this course, you can combine it with a Q&A session online with our director and the course presenter, Janelle Sampson. Share videos of your own students for discussion, or ask questions in real time. Please contact us for a quote and to book in a time:

Who is this course for?

This course was created for educators (including teachers and teaching assistants) in special education settings who are working with students who are emergent communicators. However, the information is also relevant to parents and other team members who are interested to learn about strategies for engaging emergent communicators.  

Expected outcomes

This course will address the following questions for Emergent Communicators:

  • Who are we talking about? Describing emergent communicators. 
  • What does short term success look like for emergent communicators?
  • What do we need to consider?
  • What do we need to do? (Assuming potential)
  • How do we do it? (Assigning meaning)


The online presentation for this course runs for 1 hour and 7 minutes. Please also allow time to download the handouts and view the helpful links. 


Access to this course is limited to 2 weeks. Please keep this in mind before proceeding with your purchase. We suggest purchasing the course a few days before your group learning day (if this is how you will be watching it) to allow time to prepare and print the worksheets.

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