NCSHLA Calendar of Events

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PECS Level 1 Training
Raleigh, NC
January 27 - 28, 2020

PECS Level 1 Training

Raleigh, NC

January 27th – January 28th, 2020

Join us for an intensive two-day interactive training designed to teach educational teams and parents the theory and protocol for the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), an evidence based practice. We begin with identifying key components to designing effective educational environments that foster communication. Through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play, you will learn the six phases of PECS, including how to teach spontaneous requests, attributes for expanding language, responding to questions and commenting. The workshop concludes with discussions about the relation between PECS and speech as well as criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities, such as speech generating devices (SGD).

Please click the following link for more information regarding 1.3 ASHA CEUs offered for this workshop.

The NCSHLA Healthcare Symposium
The Lusk Center, Greensboro, NC
February 7, 2020

Joins us for the NCSHLA Healthcare Symposium, February 7 and earn up to 7.5 hours of continuing education! This course is specifically designed for SLPs who work with adults in a medical setting. It will provide participants with practical training in the assessment and treatment of individuals with a variety of speech, language and swallowing disorders.

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The North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association (NCACA) Conference
Bermuda Run, NC
2/20/20 - 2/21/20

The North Carolina Augmentative Communication Association cordially invites you to join us February 20-21 at WinMock in Bermuda Run, NC for “Flying High With AAC” featuring Keynote Sean Smith. Please use the link below to register!

We look forward to seeing you in February!

Christy Gunter, MA/CCC-SLP

2019 NCACA President

Charlotte, NC
April 27, 2020

This one day workshop is appropriate for teams supporting learners who may be ready to transition from PECS to SGDs. It is also appropriate for teams working with learners who are not currently using their devices effectively. Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS®) is an evidence-based protocol that teaches vital communication skills such as initiation, persistence in relaying messages, picture discrimination and basic sentence structure. After mastery of these skills, the learner likely has a large repertoire of pictures in the communication book. If the learner is not speaking, the team may need to explore a transition to a dedicated Speech Generating Device (SGD) or tablet with communication app that will accommodate larger vocabularies and allow for continued language development. To ensure the rapid transfer of existing communication skills, the transition will require the team to assess current PECS skills and then analyze features of various apps/SGDS to select a device that will best meet the learner’s needs. Following device selection, detailed lesson plans are necessary to teach use of the new device as a functional communication system.

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The Art of Supervision *Free CEUs for NCSHLA members*
Webinar - Independent Study

The Art of Supervision

Holly Hanley, PhD, CCC-SLP
Emily Hornback, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Jessica Raby, MA, CCC-SLP

Many working SLPs do not receive training during graduate school about supervision of graduate students, CFYs, or SLPAs, yet they are put in a position of supervision. This two hour session will discuss the supervisory process and strategies for success.

1.Participants will demonstrate knowledge and skills of best practice regarding supervision.
2.Participants will create a flow-chart that helps guide them through the supervisory process.
3.Participants will discuss the challenges involved in supervision.

To complete this course:
1. Contact Holly Hanley at or to request access to this course.
2. The video will be sent to you via email.
3. Once you have viewed the video, complete the survey within 2 two weeks.
4. When your survey has been completed, a verification of attendance document will be emailed to you. If you pay for the ASHA registry, NCSHLA will report your competition of the course to ASHA. Please note that it may take 6-8 weeks for your course to display on your ASHA transcript.