Professional Development Program: Speech Clarity in Children with Verbal or Non-verbal Autism and Developmental Disabilities

Introduction Problems with speech and language are one of the defining characteristics of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and few other developmental disabilities. However, the difficulties that children with autism have with speech and language are very heterogenous and probably have a number of different contributing factors, even in the same individual. Therefore, along with empathy, energy, and flexibility of professionals who deal with special need children need to have sound knowledge to apply appropriate techniques for improving speech and language difficulties. Objectives of the course After successful completion, the participants will be in a better position to: • Understand speech difficulties and non-verbal and verbal children. • Understand sound production, vocalization, speech • Assessment for difficulties in speech clarity, verbal language • Recognize approaches for developing speech and verbal langauge • Enhancing vocalizations and sound production in non verbal children • Apply techniques for improving speech in verbal children Course Structure The training program is designed with lectures, interactive discussions, group and individual exercise that focuses on effective techniques and approaches for speech clarity in special need children. It is a 2 daylong course which will begin at 8:30 am and close by 4:30 pm. Target Participants • Occupational Therapists • Speech and Language Therapists • Language and Communication Therapists Lead Facilitator: Ms. Malvika Samnani, the Founder Director of SOCH India, has been leading a multi-disciplinary team which includes occupational therapists, special educators, speech therapists, play therapists, physiotherapists, neurodevelopmental therapists, psychologists since 2007. She is an MSc in Occupational Therapy and awarded gold medal for her outstanding performance. Ms. Malvika is certified in Oral Placement Therapy for feeding and speech clarity from USA. She is an experienced facilitator and conducts trainings, workshops, seminars at home and abroad. Course fee The course fee is BDT 8000 (Eight Thousand Taka) only. How to Pay? The preferred method of payment is Online using Credit or Debit Card or Mobile Banking (e.g. BKash, DBBL). However, participants can also make payment directly to Technical Training Unit at icddr,b. Selection and Admission of participants The participants will be selected based on their pre-requisite qualifications and first come first serve basis. However, female participants will get preference. Only selected participants will be notified by email or SMS or over telephone. The admission of participants will be confirmed only when the fee is received. Certification After successful completion of the course, each participant will receive a certificate of participation.