CLL News

Focus On: Helping Verbal and Nonverbal Students Communicate

  • Giving Nonverbal Students A Voice At CLL
    Nonverbal Support

    New technologies used in Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) with nonverbal students has provided many more options for Speech and Language Specialists. The ACC Interaction Group was formed a few years ago in response to over half of CLL's 200 students being nonverbal.  The Interaction Group, with the use of electronic speech generating devices,  and other nonverbal strategies, has been instrumental in helping nonverbal students  interact more during cooperative art projects, participate in spelling bees, feel more connected when involved in routine activities, and even have speaking roles in school plays like "The Little Mermaid" and "The Lion King." 

    The AAC Interaction Group has had an impact on nonverbal and verbal students in terms of socializing and forming friendships," said Speech Language Specialist Terese Manalansan MA, CC-SLP.

    "Strengthening interaction between all of our students is an ongoing goals and something we are having greater success with throughout the year," said Ms. Manalansan.     

Educational Resources and Policies

  • Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act Self-Determination Grade

    Effective September 1, 2013, each school in the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey will have an Anti-Bullying Specialist and a School Climate Team to assist the school in the successful execution of the ESCNJ's harassment, intimidation, and bullying policy. The Anti-Bullying Specialist and the School Climate Team work to ensure a safe learning environment within the school setting and to foster a positive school climate.

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  • Association for Science in Autism Treatment

    The Association for Science in Autism Treatment promotes safe, effective, science-based treatments for people with autism by disseminating accurate, scientifically sound information about autism.

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  • Autism New Jersey

    Autism New Jersey is a nonprofit agency committed to ensuring safe and fulfilling lives for individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals who support them.

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  • Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities

    Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities - RWJ Rutgers Medical School New Jersey's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service.

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  • Children’s Specialized Hospital

    Children’s Specialized Hospital is the nation’s leading provider of inpatient and outpatient care for children from birth to 21 years of age facing special health challenges.

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