Communication Support

What is Communication Support?

We are proud to provide communication support to people who have little, no, and/or unreliable speech. Our team members are trained in best practices as outlined by the Institute on Communication and Inclusion, and adhere to the Communication Bill of Rights as developed by the National Joint Committee for the Communication Needs of Persons with Severe Disabilities.​

This program is led by Assistant Program Director and Communication Trainer Kristian Constantino. Kristian holds a certificate in Assistive Technology at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), supports multiple people who type to communicate, and is currently enrolled in the Wellspring Guild's Coaching Program.

Who provides Communication Support?

Communication Partner

  • Participation in:

    • At least one informational conference*

    • At least two hands-on trainings*

    • Ongoing in-service trainings

  • Supervision once per week from Mentor and/or Trainer, in person and/or online

  • Successful, ongoing support of at least one Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) user

    • Ensuring eye scanning of keyboard and/or letterboard

    • Providing the least support necessary

    • Fading support as fitting

    • Independent, reliable use of yes/no and multiple-choice questions

    • Working toward message passing

    • Encouraging typing and/or letterboard use with additional partners

 

Communication Mentor

All of the above, plus:

  • Participation in at least one informational conference* per year

  • Participation in at least one hands-on training* per year

  • Successful support of at least two AAC users (see above)

  • Supervision of at least one communication partner

 

Communication Trainer

All of the above, plus:

  • Presentation at one or more conference* or training* per year

  • Successful support of more than two AAC users (see above)

  • Supervision of at least one mentor

*Conferences and trainings are vetted by our Communication Support leadership

Where is Communication Support available?

Communication Support is currently available in Los Angeles, Ventura, and Mono Counties. This service may be combined with Tailored Services or Independent Living Skills supports, and is compatible with Kindling Studios.