OTAP 2017-2018 Webinar Series

Communication Matrix with Gayl Bowser

Gayl Bowser, M.Ed, Consultant, Assistive Technology Consultations

Gayl Bowser works as an independent consultant who focuses on the integration of technology into educational programs of students with disabilities. She provides consultation, training, and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. She is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium and a former OTAP Coordinator.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 2:30-4:00 p.m. Part One: Using the Communication Matrix: What can I do with the Matrix and Resources?

The Communication Matrix is a no-cost, online expressive language assessment tool which describes expressive communication skills of individuals with complex communication needs. In part one of this two-part series, we will review several examples of Communication Matrix profiles and discuss ways that the profile can be used to describe current communication, show progress in small increments, compare results with parents, develop IEP goals and research information about the communication patterns of others with similar disabilities.


  • Overview of the Communication Matrix Assessment
  • Show progress between assessments
  • Compare results with parents
  • Develop IEP Goals
  • Consistent application of educational strategies
  • Shared Science-compare with other people with similar disabilities
  • Community of Practice-Ask for help and share successes.

Thursday, December 7, 2017 2:30-4:00 p.m. Part Two: Using the Communication Matrix: How does it work?

In part two of this two-part series about the Communication Matrix we will meet a student by video and then apply our observations about that student to complete a Communication Matrix Assessment. During the step-by-step demonstration, participants will be encouraged to ask questions and offer input. Once the assessment is complete, we will explore other resources such as the custom report and Design to learn IEP Development guide available from the Communication Matrix site.


Webinar link will be sent 2-3 days prior to session

Sponsored by:

Oregon Technology Access Program
541.440.4791 | www.otap-oregon.org.
Debra Fitzgibbons, OTAP Coordinator | debra.fitzgibbons@douglasesd.k12.or.us
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In partnership with Douglas ESD
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