presented by the medical-educational-therapeutic Evaluation (METE) Team


April 9, 2016 at SERESC in Bedford NH

Who Should Attend?

Teams of professionals who work on behalf of learners with complex issues such as neurological conditions, health issues, and other influences on their abilities to communicate: early intervention workers, school staff including classroom teachers, special education teachers, teaching assistants, and school based clinicians.

Description/Anticipated Outcomes

The inability to communicate is, perhaps, the most debilitating handicap of all disabilities. Many complex learners have neurological conditions, health issues and medications that influence their unintentional (physiological) and intentional communication day-to-day, hour-to-hour, minute-to-minute. These learners require meaningful communication skills for understanding and expression, skills they can rely upon across people, environments and circumstances.

This session will discuss the differences between (A) unintentional and intentional communication and (B) non-symbolic and symbolic communication. The impact of sensory processing, sub-cortical and cortical evaluation of the sensory information and availability of response modalities will be reviewed. Several non-symbolic and symbolic communication strategies and examples will be highlighted and demonstrated.


GOAL: To develop meaningful communication skills (understanding and expression) that a learner can rely upon across people, environments, and circumstances.


• Recognize 2-3 features that distinguish unintentional from intentional behaviors

• Identify at least two characteristics that differentiate non-symbolic from symbolic communication

• Describe at least (2) two communication strategies to promote increased intentional non-symbolic and symbolic communication

time ordered agenda

8:00-8:25 am....................... Check-in, networking, continental breakfast

8:30-8:45 am....................... Program begins

Overview of the morning; Communicate With Me means....

8:45-9:00 am........................Factors to consider when meeting a learner for the first time?

Understanding the learner's medical history and current health status matters

Case study

9:00-9:15 am ........................How do we know where to begin?

Communication begins before birth.

9:15-9:45 am .......................Listen to what i do: A Case Study in participant observations.

9:45-10:00 am .....................Break

10:00 to 10:30 am...............Unintentional vs. intentional communication; Non-symbolic versus symbolic communication.

10:30 to 11:45. ..................The Communication Continuum.

11:45 am to 12:00 pm....... Wrap-up and Adjourn

About the Presenters: Judith Mikami, MA, CCC–SLP, and Mary Morse, Ph.D.

Judith H. Mikami, MA, CCC–SLP has over 32 years of clinical experience and 30 years’ experience as an administrator and clinical supervisor. Ms. Mikami has devoted her practice to serving children with complex medical and learning needs, both the areas of communication development and feeding and swallowing disorders. She regularly provides conferences, workshops, training and consultation to parents, personnel in hospitals, early intervention and public school teams regarding areas of specialties. She also teaches for the Department of Communication Disorders at UNH. Ms. Mikami is ASHA Certified and NH State & MA State Licensed.

Mary Morse, Ph.D. has more than 35 years of experience in the field of special education, primarily on behalf of students who have multiple disabilities including those who are blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind. She has worked in public and private schools, universities, and medical settings. She developed and, for 12 years, directed New Hampshire's statewide services (MICE) for infants and young children diagnosed with multi-sensory disabilities. She is engaged in a variety of research projects including a longitudinal study of students with cerebral/cortical visual impairment and students with facial recognition problems. Dr. Morse has published numerous articles and chapters in several books. She has received many regional and national awards for her work. Her services are provided in her home state of New Hampshire and throughout New England, the United States and in many other countries.

Registration Information

Certificate of Attendance available for 3 Contact Hours.

Check-in, continental breakfast and networking starts at 8:00 am.

Session begins at 8:30 am and ends at 12:00 pm.


$85.00 Per Participant

Registration Closes on 4/4/16. To inquire about available seats after this deadline, contact Every effort will be made to accommodate your need.

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This workshop offers .3 ASHA CEU's (Intermediate Level, Professional Area).

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