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Communication Strategies to Use With Individuals With Moderate to Severe Disabilities (PD102637)

Presenter(s): Matthew Martinez, MEd
Course Description

This recorded session from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference (Working With Patients With Intellectual Disabilities track) provides strategies and tips for how to better communicate and serve individuals with intellectual disabilities. The session explores belief systems that impact working with individuals with significant disabilities, walks through a case study, provides assessment data, and reviews how to implement preferred practices.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Utilize belief system tools 
  • Identify characteristics of students with significant cognitive disabilities 
  • Define functions of communication 
  • Create a chart of communication strategies


  • Belief system
  • Characteristics of students with significant disabilities
  • Communication assessment
  • Communication ideas

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Presenter Information

Matthew Martinez, MEd, has been working with students with significant cognitive disabilities for over 20 years. He was a classroom teacher prior to becoming the statewide consultant for significant disabilities at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. The consultant position provides professional learning throughout North Carolina to professionals working with students with significant cognitive disabilities. Matthew obtained his bachelor of science degree in moderate and severe disabilities from Morehead State University in Kentucky and his master’s degree in low incidence from East Carolina University. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to concerts, and being on the baseball field with his son.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Consultant for Significant Disabilities, North Carolina Department of Instruction
  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by January 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: September 2022
End date: January 17, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102637
Available Through: January 17, 2028